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Learn More About Heart Disease

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is proud to join Million Hearts, an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services aimed at preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Through this initiative, partners across the public and private sectors pledge to prevent heart disease through environmental interventions and, in clinical settings, improve adherence to evidence-based protocols.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the single leading clinical cause of death in Georgia, accounting for more than 20,000 deaths a year, or about 1 in 5 deaths overall. A significant proportion of these deaths are premature and preventable.

In addition to costing the state $7 billion in direct and indirect costs, CVD complicates a variety of comorbidities such as hypertension and obesity, and can even impact pregnant women and infant health.

As a Million Hearts participant, DPH is forging innovative community partnerships that increase access to vital resources that help Georgians effectively manage and prevent heart disease, and ultimately attain more positive health outcomes.

Join DPH by being one in a million hearts. Take the Million Hearts pledge to demonstrate your commitment to implementing more positive health behaviors that support a heart-healthy life.

Read more about DPH’s Million Hearts participation on our blog, PHWEEK. Visit to learn more about initiative or review the resources below to access important information about heart disease.