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    Texas Heart Disease and Stroke Program
    Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section
    MC 1945
    PO Box 149347
    Austin, TX 78714-9347

    Phone: (512) 776-7111

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Texas Heart Disease and Stroke Program

Did you know that heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 3 killers of adult Texans?

The Texas Heart Disease and Stroke Program (THDSP) aims to reduce death and disability from heart disease and stroke in Texas by providing leadership and facilitating collaboration among stakeholders who are working to address heart disease, stroke and related risk factors in healthcare, community and worksite settings. The THDSP implements statewide activities and programs to address heart disease and stroke, with a focus on the following risk factors: high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, low physical activity, poor nutrition and tobacco use. 

Program Priorities

September is National Cholesterol Education Month – Know your Numbers

High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading cause of death in the Texas. People with high cholesterol are twice as likely to have heart disease as people with lower cholesterol levels.

What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that your body needs l to function normally. But too much can be a problem. When there is too much cholesterol in your blood, it builds up in the walls of your arteries, putting you at risk for heart disease and stroke.

Know Your Numbers -Get Checked

  • A blood test called a lipid profile test can measure your cholesterol levels. Before the test, you’ll need to fast (not eat or drink anything but water) for 9 to 12 hours.
  • Adults aged 20 and older should have a lipid profile test at the doctor's office.
  • To learn about your numbers and what they mean, go to

How Can I lower my cholesterol?
Eat a healthy diet
Get more exercise
Stop tobacco use
Take your medicine as your doctor orders

To learn more about cholesterol, visit the following resources:
Centers for Disease Control
American Heart Association
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Million Hearts®

Texas Hypertension Conference 

Texas Plan to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke

2016 Texas Heart Disease and Stroke Fact Sheets

In the Spotlight

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Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

The TMF QIN-QIO, Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and North East Texas Public Health District (NET Health) have partnered to increase blood pressure control in North East Texas through a joint project focused on home blood pressure monitoring. Home blood pressure monitoring is a best practice for improving blood pressure (BP) control among patients and is a priority of the TMF QIN-QIO, DSHS, NET Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare. The TMF QIN-QIO, DSHS, and NET Health has identified primary care practice groups to participate in the project. Participating practice groups will be asked to identify patients with uncontrolled blood pressure. Selected patients will receive home blood pressure monitors and education on their use. Education will be provided by certified Community Health Workers (CHW) and/or staff at the primary care practice. The project will assist with efforts to increase blood pressure control rates in a highly prevalent hypertension region in Texas. Follow the links below to download a PDF version of the Understanding Blood Pressure guide or the My Blood Pressure Passport, in either English or Spanish.

Understanding Blood Pressure guide and My Blood Pressure Passport, in English and Spanish


Understanding Blood Pressure guide, PDF


Comprender la Presion Arterial, en Espanol, PDF


My Blood Pressure Passport, PDF


Mi Pasaporte de la Presion Arterial, en Espanol, PDF

For more information about high blood pressure and how to measure, control and prevent it, visit http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/index.htm.

If you are a healthcare provider, a selection of tools to enhance your heart disease and stroke prevention and treatment efforts can be found at http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/tools-protocols/tools.html.

Healthcare providers may also directly download the Hypertension Prevalence Estimator, for calculating the estimated percentage of patients in their practice who have hypertension, at http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/files/MH_HTN_Estimator.xlsm (Excel-300K).


Last updated October 10, 2017