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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

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 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

MedStar Health
Claudia Siegel, MA, MPA
Director, Office of Health Information and Improvement
Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Facilitated By

Tanja Popovic, MD, PhD
Scientific Director
John Iskander, MD, MPH
Deputy Scientific Director
Susan Laird, MSN, RN
Communications Director

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  • Page last updated: January 28, 2018
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