Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is one of the major public health care problems in the United States and is well known to be a major risk factor for cardiovascular and kidney diseases. Despite increasing variety of treatment options for blood pressure medications over the past five decades, the number of people with uncontrolled hypertension has continued to rise.
Although most hypertensive patients can be effectively managed by primary care physicians, family practitioners and other providers, a large number of hypertensive patients require specialized expertise for treatment of complex hypertension associated with variety of conditions.
Our hypertension program at UT Southwestern Medical Center aims to assist both patients and primary care physicians in providing state-of-art medical treatment for hypertension, using multi-disciplinary approaches. We have expertise in evaluating for secondary hypertension and optimize medical therapy tailored to patients’ specific needs. We also provide education to emphasize the crucial role of lifestyle intervention.
Our program also provides unique research opportunities for emerging leaders in hypertension by establishing an enriched environment in which to develop investigators in both the clinical and basic hypertension research. Other activities of the program include the sponsorship of local and regional meetings on hypertension and public education programs to increase awareness of the dangers of hypertension.