PSAs Promote Importance of Heart Health Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, cardiovascular health remains a top public health priority – with heart disease and stroke continuing to be the No. 1 and No. 5 leading causes of death in the United States.

In a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the CDC noted that in the 10 weeks following the declaration of the COVID-19 national emergency, visits to emergency departments significantly declined for heart attacks (23%) and strokes (20%). CDC recognizes that those with serious heart conditions are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Additionally, there are higher COVID-19-related death rates in those with cardiovascular disease, and the United States has continued to see a reduction in emergency care for life-threatening cardiovascular events. In response, the Million Hearts® initiative created short (30-second), animated PSAs for the general public that encourage individuals to seek emergency care for heart attacks or strokes and promote the importance of heart health management, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NACDD joins the CDC Million Hearts initiative and health organizations across the nation in spotlighting the importance of maintaining your heart health. Check out one of the CDC-approved public service announcements reminding Americans to guard their heart health. The Million Hearts® Initiative is dedicated to preventing 1 million heart attacks, strokes, and related conditions by 2022. Together we can remind Americans to focus on their heart health, especially during COVID-19.

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