A Patient's Guide to Hypertension
The Hypertension Center in the Smidt Heart Institute is dedicated to providing the highest possible quality of care to patients with complex and drug-resistant hypertension. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about getting care with our team.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Hypertension Center at the Smidt Heart Institute treats a variety of conditions related to chronic hypertension. Generally speaking, you should see a hypertension specialist if you fit any of these categories:
- Your blood pressure remains high, although you take blood pressure medications.
- Your hypertension may be caused by a hormonal problem.
- Your blood pressure fluctuates with both high and low readings, making management difficult.
- Your blood pressure readings are either considerably higher or considerably lower in the doctor's office than at home.
The leading physicians at the Hypertension Center are certified by the American Society of Hypertension as specialists in the treatment of this serious condition. We have extensive experience treating the most difficult cases of hypertension and the reversible causes of hypertension, such as adrenal hormone-producing tumors.
We highly recommend that you obtain a referral, since long term success controlling your blood pressure is accomplished with a team approach coordinated by your primary care physician. If you currently do not have a primary care physician, please call 1-800-CEDARS-1 (1-800-233-2771).
Being prepared for an appointment allows you to make the most of the time you have with your doctor.
Please bring all of your prescription medication bottles with you to your appointment, along with your home blood pressure cuff (if you have one). Bring your healthcare insurance card. Show your doctor the bottles of all medicines you are taking. Remember to bring over-the-counter medications as well as prescription drugs. Make sure your medical records have been transferred before your appointment.
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