The Healthy Heart Project
West Virginia Health Right, Inc.
Charleston, West Virginia
The project's target population includes patients attending West
Virginia Health Right, a free, primary care clinic serving the uninsured and
underinsured poor in south central West Virginia.
This project will use a clinic-based approach to improve the
cardiovascular health and quality of life of West Virginia Health Right
patients. Specifically, the project will track and compare two
groupsmedical/behavioral treatment group vs. medical treatment only
groupof Health Right patients with risk factors for heart disease.
- Conducting screenings for cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk
factors, and implementing and monitoring medical/behavioral interventions.
- Conducting educational and counseling sessions on the signs and
symptoms of a heart attack and stroke with patients who have CVD risk factors.
- Developing and implementing a women's heart health program
designed to increase knowledge of CVD and stroke.
The proposed strategies will focus on all four National Heart,
Lung, and Blood Institute performance goals:
- Prevent development of risk factors.
- Detect and treat risk factors.
- Recognize and treat acute coronary syndromes early.
- Prevent recurrence and complications of CVD.
The anticipated outcomes of this project are:
Medical/behavioral treatment group (compared medical treatment
- Decreased number of patients with risk factors.
- Increased number of patients seeking medical treatment.
- Decreased number of patients with high blood pressure.
- Increased number of patients with controlled blood
- Increased number of patients using 911 emergency systems.
- Increased knowledge among female patients of CVD and stroke.
- Increased self-efficacy among female patients regarding taking
appropriate action to prevent heart disease or stroke.
- Increased number of patients with controlled blood pressure
(<140/90 mm Hg).
- Decreased use of blood pressure medication therapy.
- Increased number of patients with blood cholesterol levels
less than 200 mg/dL.
- Reduced number of hospital admissions and emergency department
visits for CVD events.