Join us on National Wear Red Day!

Dress in red and join us to learn about heart disease & help raise awareness of this preventable condition

National Wear Red Day

Friday, February 2, 2018

Speakers begin at 9:30 a.m.

Free health screenings from 10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Thomas Memorial Hospital — Medical Office Pavilion Lobby

4605 MacCorkle Ave., SW,

South Charleston, WV 25309

Speakers: v/ Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, FACP, Commissioner, West Virginia

Bureau for Public Health, State Health Officer v/ Lisa Hamrick, American Heart Association, WV Board Chair & Heart Survivor

FREE Health Screenings for Blood Pressure and Cholesterol — Know Your Numbers

FREE materials and resources for keeping your heart healthy

Exponent Telegram: In West Virginia, a Clear Map of the Socio-Economics of Sickness

Photo by Gene/FlickrCC

By Leigh Nestor/Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG — With West Virginia’s incredibly high rates of diseases linked to lifestyle, some medical professionals consider socioeconomics as the real cause of the state’s failing health.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, West Virginia ranks high in general poor health, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, stroke, hypertension, obesity, poor nutrition, high sodium intake and high sugar intake.

The counties with high rates of obesity are the same ones with high rates of sleeplessness, Program Director for United Hospital Center Dr. Eric Radcliffe said, noting it as a symptom of a root cause in lifestyle…

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Have you visited My Quality Insights lately? If not, you’re missing out on our latest tool to help you combat cardiac disease in your patient population.

The Million Hearts® 2022 Cardiac Kit is the first in a series of electronic packages that includes a recorded educational message, the slide deck shown in the recorded message, a transcript of the recording and any relevant patient and staff educational resources.

This first Cardiac Kit features Million Hearts® Executive Director Dr. Janet Wright discussing how preventing a million heart attacks and strokes is possible. The 19-minute recording is accompanied by links to sample blood pressure protocols and the printable 7 Simple Tips to Get an Accurate BP Reading flyer.

Visit the Cardiac Health Community of My Quality Insights today to check out our first Cardiac Kit. Don’t have a My Quality Insights login? See the list of state-based team members below – your local contact can help you get access.

Bringing Change for Rural COPD Patients

by airnergy

January 2017 report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) demonstrated that rural mortality rates have “decreased at a much slower pace, resulting in a widening gap between rural and urban mortality.” But, COPD Foundation president Grace Anne Dorney Koppel is quick to highlight an important outlier disease.

“Over the past 15 years, there is this growing divide between rural and metropolitan America, especially for the five leading rural causes of excess deaths,” Koppel said.

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Heart Disease and Stroke Experts Gather in Charleston for Free Forum on Prevention


Health professionals, students and and community members interested in heart disease and stroke prevention are invited to an upcoming meeting in Charleston in August:

Advancing Million Hearts: AHA and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Partners Working Together in West Virginia.

When: August 23
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Four Points by Sheraton Charleston
600 Kanawha Blvd East, Charleston

This event is presented by the Million Hearts® Collaboration, co-chaired by the American Heart Association and the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Funding for this event is made possible (in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the Million Hearts® Collaboration.

Those invited to attend include colleagues from the American Heart Association, West Virginia Department of Health, Quality Insights, health systems, health insurers, community and professional associations and local health departments.

There is no fee to attend the event. Travel and one night of lodging will be provided to those needing assistance.

Click here for more information and to register.