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ADA joins AHA, CDC and other health organizations in Million Hearts initiative

August 20, 2012

By Jean Williams, ADA News staff

The ADA is lending its support and resources to the Million Hearts initiative, a campaign spearheaded by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in five years.


According to the initiative’s data:

  • About 600,000 people die of heart disease annually in the United States.
  • Two million heart attacks and strokes occur each year in the United States.
  • One in three adults in the United States has some form of heart disease, stroke or other blood vessel diseases.

“As a leader committed to the public’s oral health, the ADA is excited to work with the Million Hearts initiative to stem the alarming number of people whose lives are adversely affected by heart disease and stroke,” said ADA President William Calnon. “Making the effort to save one million people from such ravages is indeed a worthy pursuit for us.”

The ADA has pledged to support the Million Hearts initiative through the following steps:

  • Provide resources and professional information to help contribute to the objectives and goals of the Million Hearts initiative.
  • Raise awareness on the relationships of oral diseases and conditions to cardiovascular diseases.
  • Encourage blood pressure monitoring and the smoking cessation programs in the dental office.
  • Promote the Million Hearts initiative to all members of the oral health care team via ADA print and electronic media.
  • Emphasize and promote the campaign during the ADA 2012 Annual Session in San Francisco.
  • Engage our staff in promoting the objectives of the Million Hearts initiative through on-site wellness activities and the staff sharing campaign messages with their families and friends.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Million Hearts initiative in September 2011. HHS seeks to achieve the initiative’s goals by “emphasizing cardiovascular health across patients, providers, communities and other stakeholders.”

Aside from the ADA, other key partners include the American Heart Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association, the Food and Drug Administration and many more.

For more information about the Million Hearts initiative, visit