Northwestern Medicine's Dr. Rakotz Recognized as Hypertension Control Champion

Northwestern Medicine
Cardiology February 26, 2015
Michael K. Rakotz, MDMichael K. Rakotz, MD, a family medicine physician at Northwestern Medicine Evanston, has been recognized as a 2014 Hypertension Control Champion by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Million Hearts® initiative. The initiative recognizes physicians and healthcare organizations that are taking the lead to help their patients keep blood pressure under control. All of the 2014 Hypertension Control Champions worked with their patients to achieve hypertension control rates at or above 70 percent. Rakotz is one of only 30 physicians and healthcare organizations to be recognized nationally. 

“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, or high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hypertension affects one in three adults in America, and is referred to as the “silent killer” because it rarely exhibits any warning signs until it leads to conditions like stroke, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure.

“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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