GAINESVILLE, Ga. – People with high blood pressure that isn’t improving with medications now have a new option for specialized treatment. Georgia Heart Institute recently launched a new Resistant Hypertension Center in Gainesville, which brings together highly trained experts focused on helping patients who haven’t been able to get their blood pressure under control. The Resistant Hypertension Center only treats patients who have been referred by their primary care provider or a specialist.
“The Resistant Hypertension Center was founded to provide specialized care for patients who have not been able to achieve the target blood pressure – usually below 130/80 mmHg – after taking three or more blood pressure medications,” said Sanjay Lall, MD, a cardiologist with Georgia Heart Institute and medical director of the Resistant Hypertension Center.
If left unchecked, high blood pressure raises the risk of cardiac events and heart disease. It can also cause kidney injury, which can require dialysis, and can even damage vision. For some patients, other medical conditions like obstructive sleep apnea, chronic kidney disease, renal artery stenosis or hormonal abnormalities may prevent them from getting their blood pressure back to normal despite trying commonly prescribed blood pressure medications.
“We collaborate with experts in other specialties including nephrology, endocrinology, sleep medicine and vascular surgeons to ensure coordinated care for each patient,” said Dr. Lall. “The goal of our program is to find the right therapies to bring your blood pressure under control while delivering the highest level of care to support your long-term heart health and wellbeing.”
The center is located in the Georgia Heart Institute offices at 200 S. Enota Dr. NE, Suite 100, Gainesville, GA 30501. For more information, visit georgiaheartinstitute.org/resistant-hypertension-center or call 770-219-7888.
Georgia Heart Institute is the most forward-thinking heart and vascular program in the state and includes one of the largest cardiology practices in the region, including more than 80 practitioners seeing patients at more than a dozen locations. With a multi-disciplinary team of experts treating nearly every type of heart and vascular disease and participating in leading national research, we’re providing advanced care that ensures lasting heart health for generations. Request an appointment and learn more at georgiaheartinstitute.org.
The experts of Georgia Heart Institute also form the core of the cardiac care team at Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s five hospitals in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder, Dahlonega and Demorest. It’s all part of Northeast Georgia Health System, a non-profit which serves more than 1 million people across the region. Learn more at nghs.com.