Preventive care is an important part to staying healthy. Getting screening tests and immunizations helps prevent disease and managing health. Mountain-Pacific works in collaboration with state agencies, health care providers and other quality health stakeholders to improve population health by encouraging immunizations for the flu and pneumonia and screen tests for common and deadly cancers, like breast cancer and colorectal cancer.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women over the age of 65. Mountain-Pacific Quality Health works with primary care providers to help improve and spread best preventive practices to help patients control blood pressure, manage their lipids, learn about aspirin therapy and quit smoking. These preventive measures go a long way in battling heart disease and improving cardiovascular health.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for about one in every 19 deaths. Stroke is also a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability.
The National Stroke Association recognizes May as National Stroke Awareness Month to raise awareness about the deadly condition and promote preventive care.
Stroke 101 Fact Sheet - Includes latest stroke facts
Stroke Facts Infographic - Visually shares important stroke facts
Stroke Symptoms Poster
National Stroke Association's website
Be One in a Million Hearts
Unfortunately, most of us have or know someone who has had heart disease or suffered a stroke.
"Heart disease takes the lives of far too many people in this country, depriving their families and communities of someone they love and care for—a father, a mother, a wife, a friend, a neighbor, a spouse," says Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Click here to learn how you can be One in a Million Hearts and fight back against heart disease and stroke.
The Million HeartsTM campaign is committed to preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years.
Heart Attack Risk Calculator
My Life CheckTM
More resources on heart health:
Heart Disease Fact Sheet - Heart disease facts and risk factors
Know Your Numbers Fact Sheet - Know your numbers. Learn what they mean. Take action.
Women's Heart Health Guide - 5 Ways to Love your Heart
Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives
You can help yourself stay healthy one hand wash at a time.
Infectious diseases commonly spread through hand-to-hand contact include the common cold, influenza (flu) and several gastrointestinal disorders. Inadequate hand hygiene also contributes to food-related illnesses, like salmonelle and E. coli.
Handwashing is by far the best way to prevent the spread of germs and to keep you from getting sick.
Follow the four Principles of Hand Awareness, endorsed by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Acadmey of Family Physicians (AAFP), to fight the spread of infectious diseases:
1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.
2. Do not cough into your hands.
3. Do not sneeze into your hands.
4. Above all, do not put your fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth.
For more information on the importance of handwashing, click here.
Other helpful resources:
A Patient's Guide to Hand Hygiene
Stop Germs! Stay Healthy! Wash Your Hands
Video: CDC's "Hand Hygiene Saves Lives"