November 7, 2017
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*Million Hearts Recognizes the 2017 Hypertension Control Champions*
"24 Champions achieved high rates of blood pressure control for their patients"
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today announced 24 winners of the 2017 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/partners-progress/champions/challenge.html https://www.cdc.gov/Other/disclaimer.html.
The Champions, who provide care to more than 1.2 million adults, focused on proven strategies to help their patients achieve blood pressure control at rates at or above the Million Hearts target of 70 percent.
Too many Americans have high blood pressure, putting them at greater risk for a heart attack, stroke, dementia and other serious health threats, said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. Controlling blood pressure is one of the most effective ways to keep people healthy. We applaud these Champions for such great progress.
Nearly 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease and strokes. Less than half of adults with high blood pressure have their condition under control. Even more alarming, millions of Americans have high blood pressure that is undiagnosed or untreated.
The Million Hearts initiative began a new five-year phase called Million Hearts 2022 https://millionhearts.hhs.gov/files/MH-Framework.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/Other/disclaimer.html, with a renewed focus on keeping people healthy, optimizing care, and improving outcomes for priority populations.
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