MMA Supports Health Department’s Work on Cardiovascular Care
[MMA News Now, Jan. 3, 2013] On Dec. 21, the MMA sent a letter of support to the Department of Health recognizing its efforts to develop and implement statewide systems to optimize care for time critical cardiovascular conditions.
“This work will assist Minnesota in developing effective policies and protocols for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with heart disease and stroke, and it will ensure that all Minnesotans have access to high-quality care,” wrote MMA President Dan Maddox, M.D., to Health Commissioner Edward Ehlinger, M.D.
Minnesota’s death rates due to heart disease and stroke are much lower compared to other states. It’s one of the reasons why Minnesota is considered a heart-healthy state.
However, work is still needed despite these statistics. Coronary heart disease death rates in Minnesota are higher among American Indians, compared to other racial groups. In regards to deaths attributable to stroke, the rates are higher among American Indians, African Americans and Asians, compared to whites in Minnesota.
“From reducing these health disparities, to reducing the number of hospitalizations and their associated costs, Minnesota still has work to do,” Maddox wrote. “MDH’s efforts to enhance statewide systems of care for acute cardiac and stroke events are a step in the right direction, and we look forward to learning more about this work.”
The letter is in response to a resolution passed by the House of Delegates at the 2012 MMA Annual Meeting.