Better Population Health Through Behavior Change in Adults

AHA: October 7, 2013

The American Heart Association (AHA) has adopted a old new strategy in framing its 2020 goals: “By 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke y 20%.”1 By medically treating cardiovascular risk biomarkers and the disease itself, clinicians played a major role in achieving the AHA’s 2010 goal to reduce coronary heart disease, stroke, and risk by 25%.1 Now, however, with direct annual cardiovascular disease–related costs projected to triple, from $272 billion in 2010 to $818 billion in 2030,2 economic realities necessitate a new approach. To avoid bankrupting the healthcare system, we must improve the distribution of cardiovascular health levels across the population by preserving cardiovascular health from childhood and by treating health risk behaviors to help more individuals improve their cardiovascular health into older ages.  Read More