Hypertension is also known as High Blood
Pressure. It is the second leading cause of ESRD and it is commonly known as a
chronic medical condition. The high pressure can damage the blood vessels in
the kidneys and eventually reduces the kidneys function.
The Hypertension center at The Nephrology Group
received certification of comprehensive hypertension center from the American
Heart Association. The hypertension center practices guideline based management
of anti-hypertensive therapy in adults and to reduce the cardiovascular,
cerebral, and renal morbidity and mortality. The therapy is patient specific,
and encompasses life style changes and interventions. The goal is to develop a
therapeutic, and non-therapeutic regimen, assess barriers in achieving goal blood
pressure, and intervene as necessary to minimize and/or prevent HTN related
Patients with treatment resistant hypertension
often have identifiable causes, which require coordinated care for diagnosis
and therapy. This multidisciplinary center serves to integrate the referral
system for better diagnosis and management and to institute protocols to
provide uniform recommendations to referring physicians.
The protocols at the center includes screening
and management of for secondary hypertension, hypertension management for
specific comorbidities, 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, Automated
oscillometer blood pressure protocol, Captopril and Losartan suppression test
protocol, selection and maintenance of the blood pressure monitoring equipment.