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Mercyhealth Honored for Efforts to Reduce Number of Patients with Uncontrolled Blood Pressure

ILLINOIS/WISCONSIN – Mercyhealth was recently recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) for its commitment to helping improve blood pressure (BP) control rates among its patients, earning Gold Level recognition as part of the 2020 Target: BP™ Recognition Program. The Gold Level recognizes practices that have 70 percent or more of their adult patient population with high BP controlled.

Hypertension (high BP) is a leading risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, and preventable death in the US. In addition, there are 116 million US adults living with high BP and less than half of those people have their BP under control, making both diagnosing and effectively managing hypertension critical. Following the Surgeon General’s Call-to-Action to prioritize hypertension control in the US and research in The Journal of the American Medical Association showing that overall rates of BP control have declined in recent years, optimizing hypertension control could not be more timely or needed.

The Target: BP Recognition Program celebrates physician practices and health systems who treat patients with hypertension, for achieving BP control rates at or above 70 percent within the populations they serve. These achievements will ultimately lead to a reduction in the number of Americans who suffer heart attacks and strokes.

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