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What is High Blood Pressure?

As blood travels through your body, it pushes against the walls of your blood vessels. This "push" is your blood pressure. If blood vessels narrow or your heart pumps more blood through them, blood pressure rises.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, can lead to several dangerous health conditions, including kidney disease, coronary artery disease, and heart attack.

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

In most people, high blood pressure produces no symptoms. So, it’s important to have your blood pressure checked by your primary care provider now and then. Some people who have high blood pressure may experience headaches or fatigue.

UR Medicine's Treatments for High Blood Pressure

Heart disease remains the number one killer in the U.S., and the best way to beat it is to prevent it. UR Medicine’s Preventive Cardiology Program offers the most advanced, proven methods for preventing heart disease and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

The first of its kind in our region, our program features

  • Support in quitting smoking.

  • The region’s only Women’s Heart Program.

  • Diet and exercise programs to help you lose weight and reduce your risk.

  • Heart disease prevention for the whole family, including high-risk relatives.

  • Research and access to the most advanced approaches for preventing heart disease.

When it comes to diagnosing and treating hypertension, the sooner the better for your heart health. We offer treatment tailored to each patient:

  • Lifestyle modifications. One of the best ways to control high blood pressure is through changing some of your habits. Our physicians can help you quit smoking, begin an exercise program, lose weight, reduce stress, and control diabetes—all effective ways to lower blood pressure.
  • Medications. One or more medications can be effective, but our goal is to lower blood pressure with fewer medications:
        • ACE inhibitors prevent the formation of a chemical that narrows blood vessels, helping to relax them and reduce blood pressure.
        • ARBs relax your blood vessels by blocking a chemical that normally works to narrow your arteries and veins.
        • Diuretics help your body eliminate excess water, reducing blood volume and blood pressure.
        • Calcium channel blockers work by relaxing the muscles in your blood vessels.
  • Rheos blood pressure device. For patients with high blood pressure that can't be controlled with medications, UR Medicine Cardiac Care offers the innovative Rheos blood pressure device (and helped pioneer its usage). This small implantable device, about the size of a pacemaker, helps control blood pressure through electrical stimulation of the carotid arteries.

What Sets Us Apart?

UR Medicine Cardiac Care is one of the few centers in the northeast with a clinic that specializes in the treatment of high blood pressure. The UR Medicine Cardiac Care Hypertension Clinic provides patients with doctors who are highly experienced in the treatment of uncontrolled high blood pressure.

UR Medicine Cardiac Care is one of only 10 centers in the world that uses the Rheos blood pressure device. We were the first center in the nation to implant the Rheos device in a patient with chronic hypertension.

High Blood Pressure is often linked with High Cholesterol. The Lipid Clinic at UR Medicine provides cutting-edge services to help people understand and control their cholesterol levels effectively. Excess cholesterol in the blood can lead to heart disease, which makes diagnosis and treatment critical. Our experts offer specialized testing and treatments, including LDL Apheresis for patients with very high levels of LDL cholesterol.

Our experts are involved in clinical studies to bring the most advanced treatments to our patients. As an academic medical center, we’re committed to bringing you the best treatments that aren’t always available at other hospitals.


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16 locations

Cardiac Care - Brighton

Clinton Crossings, Building G
2400 South Clinton Avenue, 1st Floor
Rochester, NY 14618

Cardiac Care - Dansville

Noyes Memorial Hospital
111 Cara Barton Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Cardiac Care - Canandaigua - Canandaigua

Thompson Professional Building
395 West Street, Suite 307
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Cardiac Care - Clifton Springs

Finger Lakes Cardiology
410 Clifton Springs Professional Park
Clifton Springs, NY 14432

Cardiac Care - Rochester

Highland Hospital
1000 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Cardiac Care - Irondequoit

999 East Ridge Road, Suite 1000
Rochester, NY 14621

Cardiac Care - Penfield

1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Suite 200
Penfield, NY 14526

Cardiac Care - Henrietta

Red Creek (Calkins Corporate Park)
600 Red Creek Drive, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14623

Cardiac Care - Seneca Falls

Lifecare Medical Associates
1991 Balsley Road
Seneca Falls, NY 13148

Cardiac Care - Brockport

Strong West
156 West Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brockport, NY 14420

Cardiac Care - Wellsville

Jones Memorial Hospital
191 North Main Street
Wellsville, NY 14895

Cardiac Care - Brighton

140 Canal View Boulevard, Suite 102
Rochester, NY 14623

General and Transplant Nephrology - Rochester

601 Elmwood Avenue, 2nd & 3rd Floors
Rochester, NY 14642

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