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The University of Chicago Medicine's Comprehensive Hypertension Center specializes in the treatment of high blood pressure, including difficult-to-manage hypertension. Our center is accredited by the American Society of Hypertension (ASH) and was the first center in Chicago to earn this designation.
We are determined to actively manage your hypertension, using individualized care through inpatient and outpatient consultations to patients who have hypertension in addition to other complex health conditions, including:
• Early kidney disease
• High risk for heart attack or stroke
• Previous occurrence of heart attack or stroke
Skilled physicians in primary care, obstetrics, cardiology, nephrology, endocrinology and other specialties refer patients to the Comprehensive Hypertension Center for a second or third opinion on treatment and causes of high blood pressure. Our specialists also see self-referred patients.
In some cases, a patient is asked to wear a small, portable device called an Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor (ABPM) to measure their blood pressure over a 24- to 48-hour period. ABPM provides a doctor with a more accurate picture of a patient’s blood pressure and is used to help determine specific causes of hypertension and other cardiovascular risks.
George Bakris, MD, is a board-certified hypertension specialist and director of the Comprehensive Hypertension Center. He is also a kidney specialist with expertise in hypertension management of diabetic kidney disease. His team is highly skilled in the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of high blood pressure in patients with kidney disease and/or diabetes.
Dr. Bakris' team also specializes in the assessment and treatment of secondary hypertension, which is high blood pressure that has been linked to a specific cause — like a blocked renal artery, certain hormonal abnormalities, genetic abnormalities or tumors. After performing a diagnostic evaluation, Dr. Bakris works closely with his team to develop and implement a blood pressure management strategy that is tailored to each patient.
Ongoing research initiatives give UChicago Medicine patients access to leading-edge treatment techniques for hypertensive disorders. Our physician-scientists are constantly exploring improved strategies for treatment and prevention.
In collaboration with the University of Chicago Medicine Diabetes Research and Training Center, Dr. Bakris leads clinical studies that examine genetic predisposition to hypertension and how it interacts with other cardiovascular and renal risk factors that can affect treatment. His research outcomes are applied directly to patient care, helping us to provide advanced treatments for patients with hypertensive disorders.
Dr. Bakris and his team have studied the development of kidney disease in people who have diabetes. His team has also investigated how treatment for high blood pressure can slow or prevent progression to dialysis in diabetic patients. The Comprehensive Hypertension Center is housed within the University of Chicago Medicine Kovler Comprehensive Diabetes Center, offering specialized care for patients who have diabetes.