Clinical Community Linkages

5 Step guide about hypertension
Broken down into 5 topics, the American Heart Association provides detailed information on hypertension from what high blood pressure is to prevention and treatment.

New Prevention Guidelines
The newest heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines for doctors urge them to help you avoid heart disease and stroke by prescribing drugs called statins for some of you, treating obesity as a disease, and giving you other resources to stay healthy. 

Heart 360
Heart 360 is an easy-to-use and secure tool to manage your heart health, giving you the Power of Knowing Your Numbers!  Record your health data online, access resources about how to be heart healthy, and even share your results with your doctor. This tool is best used by consumers, but also has provider feature which allows clinicians to track their patients’ progress and communicate with them.

Heart Attack Risk Calculator
This calculator was developed by the American Heart Association for consumers to estimate their 10-year risk of heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease and what they can do about it.

Life’s Simple 7® Success Plan
My Life Check is a short assessment for consumers to understand their current level of cardiovascular health, determine their individual health needs, along with steps toward improving their health.

US Preventive Services – Recommendations for Primary Care Practice
Recommendations are based on a rigorous review of existing peer-reviewed evidence and are intended to help primary care clinicians and patients decide together whether a preventive service is right for a patient's needs. The recommendations apply only to people who have no signs or symptoms of the specific disease or condition under evaluation.

More here: Blood Pressure in Adults: Screening

The Guide to Community Preventive Services - Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control
The Community Guide is a free resource to help clinicians and local health departments choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in their local community.

CDC WISEWOMAN - Illinois Consumer
The WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation) program focuses on reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors among high-risk women. Addressing risk factors such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, obesity, inactivity, diabetes, and smoking greatly reduces a woman’s risk of CVD-related illness and death.
Blood Pressure Measurement Training – Washington State Department of Health
This kit provides information necessary to evaluate, organize, and train staff on the accurate measurement of blood pressure for the adult patient. It consists of a Training Guide, PowerPoint presentation, and training video, all packaged on a CD. The kit is available to any healthcare agency or medical professional and for training of healthcare staff.
Improving the Screening, Prevention, and Management of Hypertension – Washington State Department of Health
This informative booklet, produced by the Washington Department of Health, provides critically important information to the healthcare team. It has been shown that by using the information and steps described in this booklet, blood pressure can be effectively controlled even in very difficult cases. See Appendix 1 page 68.

Million Hearts® Team up. Pressure Down. Pharmacists
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends team based care as a means to improve blood pressure control. Team Up. Pressure Down. is a new Million Hearts® educational program that promotes  team-based care and offers support for health care professionals helping Americans improve medication adherence and more effectively manage their blood pressure. The pharmacists application of this program can help improve blood pressure management and adherence to hypertension medications.

Million Hearts® Action Guide
The Million Hearts® Action Guide Series provides clinicians, employers, and public health practitioners with evidence-based strategies for improving cardiovascular health. Each guide offers action steps and features proven tactics to help more Americans live heart-healthy, stroke-free lives.
For Public Health Practitioners   For Clinicians

Million Hearts® Evidence-based Treatment Protocols
A variety of evidence-based hypertension treatment protocols are available for practices and health care systems to select from, including the following protocols, or a custom protocol can be developed using the template. The hypertension protocols featured are examples of a wide variety of available evidence-based hypertension treatment protocols that practices and health care systems may consider for adoption and use.

Million Hearts Toolkits®
These toolkits are designed to help implement Million Hearts into everyday practice work and enhance current heart disease and stroke prevention efforts.

Illinois Tobacco Quitline 1-866-QUIT-YES (1-866-784-8937)
This FREE resource is for tobacco users who want to permanently quit smoking. A team of registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and counselors are available 7 days a week 7AM-11PM to answer questions and provide support. Translation services are available in more than 200 languages.