Shelbyville, IN — Major Health Partners (MHP) has received the American
Heart Association’s Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol™ Gold
award in recognition of their commitment to reducing the risk of heart
disease and stroke through improved cholesterol management.
Nearly half of all adults over age 40 in the United States have blood cholesterol
levels that put them at risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
(ASCVD), increasing the possibility of stroke and heart disease.
To help people better understand their risk and learn to manage their cholesterol,
the Association launched its Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol initiative
in 2017. Since then, more than 1,400 health centers and systems have registered
to participate. The Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol initiative from
the American Heart Association is supported by Amgen.
The Gold award recognizes practices that have fulfilled the Participant
criteria and that have 70% or more of their adult, at-risk ASCVD patient
population appropriately managed with statin therapy.
“Major Health Partners is honored to be recognized by the American
Heart Association for our dedication to helping our patients with the
resources to manage risk factors and reduce the burden of cardiovascular
diseases like heart attack and stroke," said Dr. Emily Ann Andaya,
MHP Family & Internal Medicine. “Programs like these 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."
To help practices achieve their goals, the Association provides all participants
with a dedicated website featuring a free, evidence-based improvement
program that includes tools and resources to help clinicians improve cholesterol
control rates. To facilitate easy and seamless adoption of the program,
the Association will provide access to trained support specialists within
their community who can help identify specific program components to incorporate
into clinical practice.
“High cholesterol continues to be one of the major risk factors for
heart disease, yet remains undertreated,” said 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 (UTHealth). “We
are so glad to see dedicated professionals like those at MHP join this
initiative to prioritize cholesterol management in their practices and
ultimately improve heart health across the nation.”
Learn more at
Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol.
2018 AHA/ACC/AACVPR/AAPA/ABC/ACPM/ADA/AGS/APhA/ASPC/NLA/PCNA Guideline
on the Management of Blood Cholesterol: A Report of the American College
of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice
Guidelines | Circulation (ahajournals.org)