AHN Comprehensive Hypertension Center
Resistant hypertension — high blood pressure that persists in spite of changing your diet, exercising, and taking medication — is frustrating. AHN offers a multidisciplinary center focused on discovering the root cause of hypertension and developing a care plan to lower your blood pressure.
The AHN Comprehensive Hypertension Centers at Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn Hospital are American Heart Association-certified* (the only such center in the region), thanks to the wide array of multispecialty resources patients can access to diagnose and care for difficult-to-treat high blood pressure.
About the AHN Comprehensive Hypertension Center
The AHN Hypertension Center, a part of the AHN Cardiovascular Institute, provides patients with treatment-resistant hypertension access to a wide range of dedicated medical specialists. These specialists work together as a team, all in one place. This saves time as you can meet with several specialists during one visit. These specialists include:
- Sleep medicine experts.
When you visit the AHN Comprehensive Hypertension Centers at Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn Hospital, these specialists will examine you and team up to develop a care plan tailored to your unique situation.
Services available for diagnosis and treatment
Your personalized treatment plan is developed based on a thorough examination that may include any or all of the following procedures:
- Imaging: Ultrasound, Doppler, X-ray, and angiography.
- Autonomic function testing: How your heartbeat and breathing react during certain activities.
- Sleep evaluations: Poor sleep may lead to blood pressure issues.
- Surgery: This includes renal angioplasty and stenting (for improved blood flow) and laparoscopic adrenalectomy (minimally invasive procedure to remove an adrenal gland that may be causing high blood pressure).
In addition to these services, patients with hypertensive disorders may also have access to clinical trials when they’re available.
AHN Comprehensive Hypertension Center: Who should choose us?
Anyone diagnosed with high blood pressure who:
- Is currently taking three or more hypertension medications at the highest dose, and still has blood pressure consistently over 130/80.
- Has a history of stroke, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), or worsening kidney disease.
AHN Comprehensive Hypertension Center: How to seek care
A doctor's referral
If you’re currently taking three or more medications at the highest dose, and still not seeing the results you want, talk to your current doctor about the benefits of our treatments and resources. Your doctor may then refer you for treatment at the center.
If you believe the Comprehensive Hypertension Center is the right treatment choice now, you can refer yourself for treatment by calling the AHN Cardiovascular Institute directly at (412) 359-4744. Before you call, make sure you have your current insurance information and the contact information for your primary care physician (if you have one).
You can also complete a short form to request a call from a Hypertension Center representative at a more convenient time.
Don’t ignore your health concerns. Make an appointment for the right follow-up care now, or ask to be contacted later.
Schedule the right appointment, right now
AHN makes it easy to schedule an appointment at convenient times and locations.
Call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 to schedule an appointment with your PCP for an annual checkup or to discuss your health concerns.
New and existing patients can call the AHN Cardiovascular Institute at (412) 359-4744 to schedule an appointment for an annual cardiac checkup, to discuss heart health concerns, or to begin self-referral for treatment at the Comprehensive Hypertension Center.
You can also complete a short AHN Comprehensive Hypertension Center Request a Call form requesting a call from a representative at a more convenient time.