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EvidenceNOW Southwest

Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care

EvidenceNOW Southwest is now serving 202 primary care practices across Colorado and New Mexico with practice transformation and quality improvement support, including on-site practice facilitation and coaching, expert consultation, shared learning collaboratives, and electronic health record support.

Why focus on improving cardiovascular health?

In Colorado and New Mexico, about 20 percent of adults die of heart disease and 5 percent from stroke, 21 percent have high blood pressure, 34 percent have high blood cholesterol, and more than half are overweight or obese.

To prevent heart attacks and cardiovascular disease, it is critical that health care professionals work with patients to adopt the ABCS of cardiovascular prevention: Aspirin use by high risk individuals, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation. New evidence is continually evolving about how to best deliver the ABCS.

Learn More Million Hearts AHRQ Initiative

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the nation.

Learn more about AHRQ’s EvidenceNOW initiative, including details on each of the grantees and cooperatives.


Daniel V. Pacheco

Project Manager-ENSW


Deina Barton

Professional Research Assistant