Well Said: Heart Health Now!

On this week's podcast, Sam Cykert, the director of the Health and Clinical Informatics program at the School of Medicine, explains the how a new program is helping patients build heart-healthy habits and saving lives.

Each year, nearly 610,000 people die from heart disease in the United States.

But thanks to UNC School of Medicine professor Dr. Sam Cykert and the Heart Health Now program, practices are getting better access to patients’ health data and helping people build healthier habits with dedicated coaches.

In 2015, Cykert — in partnership with Healthcare Research and Quality, Community Care of North Carolina, and North Carolina Area Health Education Centers —  developed Heart Health Now, a project working toward combating cardiovascular disease in North Carolina.

On this episode of Well Said, Cykert explains the Heart Health Now project, its impact on the state and where it is going next.

Read a transcript of the episode.

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