Information for Health-Care Providers
Studies show patients value advice from their health care providers; therefore, health care providers have a unique opportunity to influence their patients' health habits. In addition to providing treatment, health-care providers can partner with patients in risk factor and disease prevention as well as reducing existing cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Providers can have a significant impact on their patients' health by educating and counseling patients to:
- Monitor and control their blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke and the need to call 9-1-1.
- Set goals and make healthy lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, getting regular physical activity, eating a heart-healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Participation in clinical practice improvement initiatives can support health-care providers in addressing overall systems change. Improving delivery of care and integrating evidenced-based guidelines in treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease and CVD risk factors will have a substantial impact on the quality of care in a clinical practice.