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US Aims to Help Americans Get Healthier; Prevent Bad Heart Health

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. health officials are teaming up with the American Heart Association with the goal of reducing the rate of death from heart attack, stroke and coronary heart disease, according to HealthDay News.

But those connected to the new initiative are not simply trying to cut down the number of deaths.  Dr. Ralph L. Sacco, president of the American Heart Association, says it is about encouraging a change in lifestyle that can prevent death from heart disease.

"The goal is to shift the population to a healthier lifestyle," he said.  "It's a much more prevention-oriented goal that we have had in the past."

The goals have been included in those of "Healthy People 2020," an initiative introduced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with the objective to improve the nation's health within the next decade.

HHS and the American Heart Association hope to increase the number of people who are regularly tested for high blood pressure and cholesterol and raise awareness of heart attack and stroke early warning signs with the new strategy.

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