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American Heart Association announces heart failure initiative

Case Management Insider, October 27, 2015

In an effort to better inform the American public about the risks related to heart failure, the American Heart Association (AHA) is starting a new initiative called Rise Above Heart Failure. The goal of the effort is to improve understanding of heart failure and reduce heart failure-related hospitalizations by 10% by 2020.

The effort, which is backed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, looks to educate the public about heart failure, help improve self-care among those who have heart failure, and encourage people to make lifestyle changes to prevent it.

“By having clear goals, we can implement strategies and programs that can help change the trajectory of heart failure,” said Clyde W. Yancy, MD, a past president of the AHA and chief of cardiology and magerstadt professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “None of us can do this alone, it will take a commitment of individuals and public and private organizations working together to rise above the staggering impact of heart failure.”

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