What is Hypertension?

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is when the force or pressure of the blood flowing in your body is too strong. Hypertension is increasingly common in children and adults, occurring in over 2.5 million children and about half of adults. Hypertension can cause short-term and long-term damage to the brain, heart, kidneys and eyes, even during childhood. While most children do not have any symptoms from their hypertension, it can cause life-threatening complications. All patients with hypertension need treatment of some kind, and most need medicine to lower blood pressure to a safe level.

Our hypertension team is dedicated to providing cutting-edge, comprehensive and patient-oriented care to children, adolescents and young adults who have hypertension and other hypertensive conditions. We are the region’s only clinic specializing in the care of patients with hypertension.

Our diverse team of experts include kidney doctors (nephrologists), nurses, nutritionists and social workers who work with patients, families, primary care providers and specialists to provide individualized patient care. As a teaching hospital, we train the next generation of providers on how to best care for patients with hypertension.

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the short and long-term health of children, adolescents, and young adults with hypertension and cardiovascular disease across the lifecourse. We use a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach to caring for and treating our patients with individualized treatment plans.

We emphasize the importance of working together with primary care and other providers to improve the detection, evaluation and management of hypertension.

We incorporate cutting-edge research in the clinic to develop the best practices possible to improve the lives of our patients.

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