“I am honored to be named a Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champion,” said Rakotz. Along with his partners and staff from Northwestern Medicine Evanston, Rakotz has been helping create an innovative program with the American Medical Association and Johns Hopkins Medicine to improve blood pressure control across the country.
“Hypertension is a very treatable condition, but it takes a team approach using standardized protocols to manage it successfully,” said Rakotz. “Our team has worked very hard to achieve and maintain high control rates for our patients with hypertension.”
Rakotz has been focusing on addressing the problem of hypertension for years. He was the principal investigator on a recent study with another Northwestern Medicine® researcher that used electronic health records (EHRs) to screen patients for undiagnosed hypertension.
Nearly one in three American adults suffer from hypertension, but only half have it under control. Because of the nature of this serious condition, hypertension is associated with more than 50 billion of dollars in costs related to medical care and lost productivity in America alone.
For more information about the Hypertension Control Challenge and the 2014 Champions, please visit the initiative’s website.
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