Achieving Optimal Population Cardiovascular Health Requires an Interdisciplinary Team and a Learning Healthcare System: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association

Circulation. 2021 Jan 12;143(2):e9-e18. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000913. Epub 2020 Dec 3.


Population cardiovascular health, or improving cardiovascular health among patients and the population at large, requires a redoubling of primordial and primary prevention efforts as declines in cardiovascular disease mortality have decelerated over the past decade. Great potential exists for healthcare systems-based approaches to aid in reversing these trends. A learning healthcare system, in which population cardiovascular health metrics are measured, evaluated, intervened on, and re-evaluated, can serve as a model for developing the evidence base for developing, deploying, and disseminating interventions. This scientific statement on optimizing population cardiovascular health summarizes the current evidence for such an approach; reviews contemporary sources for relevant performance and clinical metrics; highlights the role of implementation science strategies; and advocates for an interdisciplinary team approach to enhance the impact of this work.

Keywords: AHA Scientific Statements; cardiovascular diseases; delivery of health care; disease management; interdisciplinary research; learning health system; population health.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • American Heart Association*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Learning Health System / methods*
  • Learning Health System / standards
  • Patient Care Team* / standards
  • Population Health*
  • United States / epidemiology