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Mercy Health - Irvine Primary Care, Mercy Health - Powell County Primary Care and Mercy Health - Lee County Primary Care were recently named 2019 Million Hearts(r) Hypertension Control Champions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Only 17 Champions across the nation received this honor and the Mercy Health Clinics were the only Champions in Kentucky.

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke and is a potentially life-altering problem for tens of millions of adults in the United States. Most adults who have high blood pressure do not have their condition under control.  The Million Hearts(r) Hypertension Control Challenge is a competition to identify practices, clinicians, and health systems that have worked with their patients to achieve hypertension control rates of at least 80%.

"I am so proud of the hard work of the associates and clinicians in our primary care clinics. They are dedicated professionals who provide quality and compassionate care for our patients," said Marcum and Wallace Hospital President Trena Stocker. "This recognition is much-deserved and the blood pressure treatments and protocols that have been implemented are saving lives in our community."

Million Hearts(r) is a national initiative, co-led by CDC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2022. Saving lives through better blood pressure control has been a longstanding CDC priority. CDC recognizes the Champions' performance and shares their lessons learned to inspire others to focus on achieving similar success.

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