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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.
Watch this session to learn about public health and clinical approaches to better identify, treat, and control high blood pressure.
Beyond the Data
- Janet S. Wright, MD, FACC
- Executive Director, Million Hearts™
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- Michael Rakotz, MD
- Director of Population and Virtual Medicine
Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group
- Peter Basch, MD, FACP
- Medical Director,
MedStar Million Hearts™ and Ambulatory EHR and Health IT Policy
- Claudia Siegel, MA, MPA
- Director, Office of Health Information and Improvement
Philadelphia Department of Public Health
- Tanja Popovic, MD, PhD
- Scientific Director
- John Iskander, MD, MPH
- Deputy Scientific Director
- Susan Laird, MSN, RN
- Communications Director
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