CDC Director recognizes the 2017 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge Champions
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CDC Director recognizes the 2017 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge Champions

September 1, 2019

Hello. I’m Dr. Brenda
Fitzgerald, Director of the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. Today, I’m honored to congratulate this year’s
Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champions. This annual challenge
recognizes practices, clinicians and health systems
across the country that have successfully
helped patients control high blood pressure. We have 24 outstanding
champions this year, representing a variety
of healthcare settings and serving a range
of communities. Some achieved success
through collaboration and team-based care, while others helped patients
manage blood pressure through home-monitoring. Although the approaches
are different, the outcomes have
all been impressive. Each of the Champions met
or exceeded our target – to help at least 70
percent of their patients with hypertension lower and
control their blood pressure. And in fact, many of this year’s
winners achieved blood pressure control rates of 80
percent or higher. Saving lives through better
blood pressure control is a priority issue in public health. As you know, nearly 1 in 3 American adults have high
blood pressure, and only half of them have it under control. High blood pressure
increases the risk of having a heart
attack, stroke, dementia, and other deadly and
disabling conditions. Million Hearts launched
this challenge to identify high achievers,
share the lessons learned, and show what we can accomplish when blood pressure
control is made a priority. We hope to see other health care
professionals replicate some of these efforts and
achieve successes in their own communities. We thank you for your commitment to improving blood pressure
control – and your dedication to the health and
wellbeing of your patients… Congratulations!

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