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People with severe mental and/or substance use disorders are more likely to die from heart disease than the general population. That’s why SAMHSA became a partner in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Million Hearts® Initiative, which aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. One great way to improve your heart health is by getting outside and getting active.
Smoking remains the nation’s leading cause of preventable disease and death. SAMHSA recognizes the connection between behavioral health issues and tobacco use. In fact, individuals with a mental and/or substance use disorder account for 40% of all cigarettes smoked in the United States. To help address this huge disparity, SAMHSA is partnering with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on their Million Hearts® Initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.