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Hypertension: Detect, Connect, Control

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., EDT

frayed rope This session of CDC Public Health Grand Rounds explored hypertension, or high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly 800,000 people die in the United States each year from cardiovascular disease, which is 1 out of every 3 deaths.

Some health conditions, as well as lifestyle and genetic factors, can put people at a higher risk for developing high blood pressure. An estimated 67 million United States adults have hypertension; almost 36 million of them have uncontrolled hypertension.

High blood pressure is called the "silent killer" because it often has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people don't realize they have it. It is estimated that high blood pressure cost the United States $47.5 billion annually in direct medical expenses.

Please join us to learn about public health and clinical approaches to better identify, treat, and control high blood pressure.


Beyond the Data Beyond brings you “take home” messages for you to use in your practice, in your classroom and in your home.

Dr. Tanja Popovic and Dr. Janet Wright discuss why hypertension is such a major problem and outline a simple recipe for success:

  • Learn about and improve on the ABCS of Million Hearts
  • Foster collaboration between public health and clinical health

Presented By

Janet Wright, MD, FACC
Executive Director, Million Hearts®
Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, CDC
“Public Health and Clinical Care Coming Together to Detect, Connect, and Control”

Michael Rakotz, MD
Former Vice Chair for Quality, Department of Family Medicine, NorthShore University HealthSystem
Director of Population and Virtual Health
Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group, Evanston, IL
“Improved Detection of Hypertension Using Electronic Screening Algorithms and Quality Improvement Measures”

Peter Basch, MD, FACP
Medical Director, MedStar Million Hearts™
Medical Director, Ambulatory EHR and Health IT Policy
MedStar Health, Columbia, MD
“What a Large Health System Can Do to Improve Hypertension Control”

Claudia Siegel, MA, MPA
Director, Office of Health Information and Improvement
Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Public-Private Partnerships on Hypertension: A Health Priority for Philadelphia”

Facilitated By

Tanja Popovic, MD, PhD, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
John Iskander, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Manager, Public Health Grand Rounds

Additional Resources

  • Page last reviewed: April 18, 2013
  • Page last updated: April 18, 2013
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