Million Hearts launches annual blood pressure control challenge

A new challenge unveiled by HHS seeks to identify and honor health care providers who have helped their patients control their hypertension and prevent heart attacks and strokes.

A new challenge unveiled by HHS seeks to identify and honor health care providers who have helped their patients control their hypertension and prevent heart attacks and strokes. The Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge, developed by CDC in support of HHS's Million Hearts initiative, recognizes public and private practices and providers that attain sustained hypertension control rates of 70% and higher. "Many heart attacks and strokes—and needless early deaths—can be prevented if we get better control of high blood pressure," said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD. "We applaud the many medical practices which have made hypertension control a daily priority with all of their patients." Statistics show that almost one-third of adults in the United States have high blood pressure, and only about 50% of those individuals have it under control.