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Treatment for hypertension at Massachusetts General Hospital is a specialized medical service for patients who have elevated blood pressure. Specialists evaluate newly diagnosed patients who have not yet been treated, patients who have already been diagnosed, but have trouble controlling their high blood pressure, and patients who have not tolerated traditional therapy. These patients may refer themselves to the service or be referred by their primary care physician or specialist.Treatment for hypertension emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to blood pressure control. The treatment regimen might include anti-hypertensive drug therapy and lifestyle modifications such as exercise, weight loss, diet modification, smoking cessation and stress reduction. Many patients also have other conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes, cardiac arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, angina pectoris or other disorders that might affect the treatment regimen. Specialists are able to treat these patients with individualized therapies that control blood pressure elevation without side effects or disrupting their lifestyles.Our services also maintain a close relationship with the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine and use their program for stress management and relaxation response services that facilitate blood pressure control.
Hypertension specialists are involved in numerous clinical research protocols for patients with high blood pressure, as well as high cholesterol, diabetes, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction (heart attack) and atrial fibrillation. Patients benefit from our involvement in innovative research because they have access to the latest therapies and treatment information.
The care team at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center encourages all patients and family members to learn more about conditions and diseases that affect the heart and overall cardiovascular system. The links below provide more information about heart conditions and diseases that might be treated within this program.
Blood pressure, measured with a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope by a nurse or other health care provider, is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls.
Mass General is dedicated to ensuring that people understand their health care choices and have the necessary information to make decisions affecting their health and well being. The related support and wellness information listed below can play a role in treatment options.
The Heart Smart Series is made up of various topics related to improving and maintaining cardiovascular health, including exercise, coronary artery disease and secondary prevention, symptom recognition and management, cardiac medications and managing stress.
Relaxation classes gently guide participants through a variety of relaxation techniques, including gentle stretching, yoga, tai chi, breathing exercises, visualization and meditation.
Nutrition classes offer a new perspective on how to modify your diet to keep a healthy heart. Topics include heart healthy eating, fats and cholesterol, portion size and nutrition labels, eating in and eating out, and strategies for weight loss.
Randall Zusman, MD, director of the division of hypertension at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center responds to the new hypetension guidelines published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Massachusetts General Hospital physicians weigh in on the steps to staying healthy this year.
Corrigan Minehan Heart Center
If you are a new patient, you may call the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center outpatient access office at 866-MGH-8910, or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment. A member of our access team will ask you more about your condition and symptoms, and match you with the best-fitting Corrigan Minehan Heart Center physician.
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