Adopting and Implementing Protocols to Identify Undiagnosed Hypertension

February 8, 2023


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Target Audience

The target audiences for this webinar include healthcare professionals, clinicians, and healthcare administrative staff, as well as students of all programs allied with health.


Million Hearts reports that there are around 11 million Americans who are unaware that they have hypertension and are therefore not receiving the necessary treatments to manage their condition – even though the majority of these individuals may have health insurance and visit their healthcare provider regularly. Changes in health care systems protocols are therefore required to identify individuals with undiagnosed hypertension, otherwise described as ‘hiding in plain sight’, reduce their risk for developing cardiovascular disease, and reduce the high morbidity and mortality burden resulting from heart disease.

This webinar will include a lecture format and time for sharing experiences and lessons learned when adopting and implementing systems or clinic protocols to identify undiagnosed hypertension. 

Million Hearts, (2022). Undiagnosed Hypertension.


  1. Define undiagnosed hypertension and its impacts in the US and, more specifically, Iowa.
  2. Estimate the prevalence of undiagnosed hypertension for their clinic gain.
  3. Describe how to establish clinical criteria for undiagnosed hypertension and use electronic health records to identify undiagnosed hypertension.
  4. Describe diagnostic and treatment regimens for hypertension.
  5. Discuss the steps to create a written protocol for undiagnosed hypertension identification and management.


Denise Attard Sacco, MPH, CHES
Intervention Coordinator and Evaluation Specialist, Care for Yourself (CFY) -WISEWOMAN Program, Iowa Department of Health and Human Services

McKyla Carson, MPH
Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Coordinator, Iowa Department of Health and Human Services


Enrico Martin, MD
Cardiologist, Iowa Heart Center (MercyOne)

Dr. Martin joined Iowa Heart Center in November of 2007. He holds a medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines and completed his residency at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Dr. Martin completed his cardiology fellowship at East Tennessee State University and his advanced cardiac CT/MR. fellowship at the University of Florida at Shands. Before joining Iowa Heart, Dr. Martin was the Director of Cardiovascular Imaging at Rockford Cardiology Associates in Rockford, Illinois. Dr. Martin is board-certified in cardiology, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, cardiovascular CT, and cardiovascular MR. Dr. Martin offers outpatient appointments at the West University location in West Des Moines. In addition to advanced cardiovascular imaging, he is also passionate about heart disease prevention. Dr. Martin enjoys spending time with his family and exercising at home and in local fitness facilities.

    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 1.00 IBON
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    02/08/2023 - 12:00pm CST
    Event ends: 
    02/08/2023 - 1:00pm CST


    • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live, online activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
    • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
    • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit will be awarded.
    • Other Health Professionals: This live activity is designated for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


    No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


    The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals, medical procedures, and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

    Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individuals have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

    • Denise Attard Sacco, MPH, CHES - Activity director and moderator
    • McKyla Carson, MPH - Activity coordinator and moderator
    • Enrico Martin, MD - Speaker


    The information provided in this activity is for continuing education. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

    Available Credit

    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 1.00 IBON


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