Finding A Physician

Finding a doctor you can trust can be challenging. That's why the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association joined forces to create a new program that recognizes primary care physicians and others who care for patients with cardiovascular disease and stroke.

To find a neurologist with board certification in vascular neurology (stroke) go to:
and enter vascular neurology and your location. You will need to register. (Registration is free).

The Heart/Stroke Recognition Program assesses primary care physicians based on five performance standards for managing patients’ health related to:

  • Blood pressure control
  • Complete lipid profile
  • LDL cholesterol control
  • Use of aspirin or another antithrombotic
  • Smoking status and cessation advice or treatment

Primary care physicians who meet the specific performance criteria are providing excellent heart disease and stroke preventive care to patients. These physicians are recognized in national health plan directories including Aetna, CIGNA and United Healthcare. A list of these physicians is also available via the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Website.

This is a new program with new physicians being recognized on a regular basis. If you don't see a recognized physician in your area today, be sure to check again at a later date. See a list of recognized primary care physicians