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Texas Heart Disease and Stroke Program

Did you know that heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 3 killers of adult Texans? 

The Texas Heart Disease and Stroke Program (THDSP) aims to reduce death and disability from heart disease and stroke in Texas by providing leadership and facilitating collaboration among stakeholders who are working to address heart disease, stroke and related risk factors in healthcare, community and worksite settings. The THDSP implements statewide activities and programs to address heart disease and stroke, with a focus on the following risk factors: high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, low physical activity, poor nutrition and tobacco use. 

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In the spotlight 2018

September is National Cholesterol Education Month

Know your numbers and get your cholesterol checked today!

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and many foods. Your body needs cholesterol to function normally, but too much cholesterol can build up in your arteries. After a while, these deposits narrow your arteries, putting you at risk for heart disease and stroke.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 102 million American Adults (20 years or older) have total cholesterol levels at or above 200 mg/dL, which is above healthy levels. More than 35 million of these people have levels of 240 mg/dL or higher. In 2017, one in three (33%) Texas adults had been diagnosed with high cholesterol (2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System). Heart disease and stroke are the number one and three causes of death in Texas

High cholesterol usually doesn't have any symptoms. As a result, many people do not know that their cholesterol levels are too high. However, doctors can do a simple blood test to check your cholesterol. High cholesterol can be controlled through lifestyle changes and medications.

Desirable Cholesterol Levels
Total cholesterol Less than 170 mg/dL
Low LDL ("bad") cholesterol Less than 110 mg/dL
High HDL ("good") cholesterol 35 mg/dL or higher
Triglycerides Less than 150 mg/dL

Tips for lowering your cholesterol levels:

  • Eat low-fat and high-fiber food, including fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and whole grains.
  • For adults, getting at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity a week. For those aged 6-17, getting 1 hour or more of physical activity each day.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Don't use tobacco products or quit if you do.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/cholesterol_education_month.htm

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Texas Plan to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke

2016 Texas Heart Disease and Stroke Fact Sheets                                                                                                                                                       

2017 Hypertension Clinical Guidelines

The 2017 Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults, a Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines was released on November 13, 2017. 

The guidelines will replace the 2003 guidelines published by the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure. 

New guideline highlights include the following:

  • High blood pressure is now defined as readings of 130 mm Hg and higher for the systolic blood pressure measurement, or readings of 80 and higher for the diastolic measurement. That is a change from the old definition of 140/90 and higher, reflecting complications that can occur at those lower numbers.
  • By lowering the definition of high blood pressure, the guidelines recommend earlier intervention to prevent further increases in blood pressure and the complications of hypertension.

For a more information, please visit the AHA website.

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

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Blood Pressure Guide 2018 (English)


Blood Pressure Guide 2018 (Spanish)

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Blood Pressure Passport 2018 (English)

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Blood Pressure Passport 2018 (Spanish)

The TMF QIN-QIO, Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and North East Texas Public Health District (NET Health) have partnered to increase blood pressure control in North East Texas through a joint project focused on home blood pressure monitoring. Home blood pressure monitoring is a best practice for improving blood pressure (BP) control among patients and is a priority of the TMF QIN-QIO, DSHS, NET Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare. The TMF QIN-QIO, DSHS, and NET Health has identified primary care practice groups to participate in the project. Participating practice groups will be asked to identify patients with uncontrolled blood pressure. Selected patients will receive home blood pressure monitors and education on their use. Education will be provided by certified Community Health Workers (CHW) and/or staff at the primary care practice. The project will assist with efforts to increase blood pressure control rates in a highly prevalent hypertension region in Texas. 

For more information about high blood pressure and how to measure, control and prevent it, visit http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/index.htm.

If you are a healthcare provider, a selection of tools to enhance your heart disease and stroke prevention and treatment efforts can be found at http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/tools-protocols/tools.html.

Healthcare providers may also directly download the Hypertension Prevalence Estimator, for calculating the estimated percentage of patients in their practice who have hypertension, at http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/files/MH_HTN_Estimator.xlsm (Excel-300K).


Last updated September 7, 2018