Sixteen of Valley Medical Center Clinic Network clinics have received American Heart Association program awards for our commitment to reducing our patients’ risk of heart disease and stroke through improving high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and blood pressure management.
Why are these efforts important?
Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have experienced some form of cardiovascular disease—including heart attack, stroke and heart failure. Leading risk factors for cardiovascular disease include high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and uncontrolled high blood pressure. In our South King County community, 27% of residents have high blood pressure, 31% have high cholesterol and 9% have type 2 diabetes. Through proper diagnosis and treatment of these risk factors, Valley’s clinic providers are working hard to prevent and manage heart disease and stroke in our community.
To improve quality of care and help people learn to manage their risk factors around high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and/or blood pressure management, Valley Medical Center Clinic Network participates in the following programs:
• Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol™
• Target: Type 2 Diabetes℠
• Target: BP™
Providing our patients with treatment and resources to improve health and avoid larger problems
“Programs like the ones that address the real-world problems of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and uncontrolled type 2 diabetes are necessary to improve health today and avoid larger problems for many patients tomorrow,” says Long Nguyen, MD, Associate Medical Director of Quality. “Valley Medical Center Clinic Network is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping our patients have the resources to manage risk factors and hopefully, reduce or avoid heart attacks, stroke and other preventable heart concerns.”
“Addressing blood pressure management is key for better cardiovascular health—and critical today since heart disease and strokes continue to be a leading cause of death for Americans,” James Langabeer, Ph.D., FAHA, volunteer expert for the American Heart Association and Professor and Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine with McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. “We are pleased to recognize Valley Medical Center Clinic Network for their commitment to managing the risk factors for patients around critical risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.”