Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases kill more than 800,000 Americans each year, accounting for one in every three deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, one-third of adults in the United States have prehypertension, and 46 percent of people with high blood pressure do not have their condition under control.
Million Hearts® – an initiative co-led by the CDC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and aimed at reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease in the United States – has demonstrated that blood pressure can be successfully controlled. Since 2012, Million Hearts® has recognized 59 Hypertension Control Champions who have achieved hypertension control rates of at least 70 percent by using teams, technology, innovative patient engagement and systematic approaches like standardized treatment protocols.
The 2017 CDC Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge is an opportunity for high-performing practitioners, clinical practices and health systems to be recognized nationally for protecting their patients from the avoidable harms of hypertension. By recognizing excellence in hypertension treatment, the challenge helps spread best practices for identifying and controlling high blood pressure within the medical community.
“We are grateful to our past champions for prioritizing hypertension control and for sharing their tips and techniques for reaching a 70 percent hypertension control rate,” said Janet Wright, MD, executive director of the Million Hearts® initiative. “We look forward to celebrating even more high performers through this year’s challenge.”