ST. LOUIS - Each year in the U.S., more than 1 million people have a heart attack and nearly 800,000 strokes occur. In an effort to reduce those numbers, Mercy Clinic cardiologist and medical director of Mercy Hospital St. Louis cardiac catheterization lab, has joined the Million HeartsTM initiative as a physician champion.
In Missouri, the Million HeartsTM initiative brings together the American Heart Association, the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services, and Primaris to raise awareness throughout the state.
As a physician champion, Kichura will serve on an advisory council that will actively identify opportunities for improvement in heart attack and stroke care in Missouri.
“Heart attacks and strokes are causing too many deaths in our community, in Missouri and across the country,” Kichura said. “We need to do everything possible to raise awareness and help people follow the ABCs – appropriate Aspirin therapy, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and not Smoking. By taking these simple steps we can all live healthier, more productive lives.”
Million HeartsTM is a national campaign formed to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over five years. If successful, Million HeartsTM support of proven clinical and community strategies will prevent 188,000 Missourians from having heart attacks and strokes.
Million HeartsTM brings together existing efforts and new programs to improve health across communities and help Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives.
Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In the east Missouri region, Mercy’s services include a 979-bed hospital in St. Louis, 187-bed hospital in Washington, and Mercy Clinic, a 575-member multispecialty physician organization.