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Keene hospital honored for work to reduce hypertension

CONCORD — Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Million Hearts 2013 Hypertension Control Champion.

The hospital was one of more than 60 practices around the country nominated for the award and one of only nine chosen for their work with patients to help them control their blood pressure and in preventing heart attacks and strokes, CMC/DHK said in a release.

Nearly 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, but fewer than half of them have it under control.

CMC/DHK was recognized for implementing a new initiative that has improved control (blood pressure readings of less than 140/90) among its patients from 69 percent in 2010 to more than 84 percent in 2013.

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