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The divisions of Nephrology, Cardiology and Endocrinology, and the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center and the Vascular Center, jointly offer a Resistant Hypertension Program which specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and management of patients with resistant or difficult to treat hypertension. The American Heart Association defines Resistant Hypertension as blood pressure that remains above goal despite the use of three antihypertensive agents in full dose, one of which is a diuretic. Patients with Resistant Hypertension are at high risk for cardiovascular and other complications. The Mass General Resistant Hypertension Program provides a multidisciplinary approach to care, including pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches to blood pressure control as well as interventional options. Services offered include:
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Tumors of the adrenal glands can cause many problems by excess secretion of certain adrenal-produced hormones, most often resulting in high blood pressure, which can be extreme.
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.
Renal vascular disease is the name given to a variety of complications that affect the arteries and veins of the kidneys.
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.
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