Hypertension Program

The Hypertension Program at Yale New Haven Hospital is designed for patients with complex high blood pressure (hypertension) conditions. Complex conditions include high blood pressure brought on by a separate medical condition (secondary hypertension) and other blood pressure disorders, including those related to autonomic nerve disorders.

What to expect as a patient

During a patient’s visit, a hypertension specialist will perform a complete evaluation, order medical tests as needed and create a treatment plan. Our goal is to help each patient achieve optimal health. Depending on findings, patients may have their care co-managed by their primary care physician and a Hypertension Program physician or APRN. 

Hypertension Program physicians are Aldo J. Peixoto, MD, and Jeffrey M. Turner, MD, certified specialists in clinical hypertension. 

The Hypertension Program evaluates and treats:

  • Resistant or difficult to control hypertension
  • Suspected white coat and masked hypertension
  • Causes of secondary hypertension
  • Renovascular hypertension — atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis and fibromuscular dysplasia
  • Adrenal hypertension, such as primary aldosteronism and pheochromocytoma
  • Labile hypertension and related syndromes
  • Autonomic nervous system disorders affecting blood pressure or heart rate, including neurogenic orthostatic hypotension and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
  • Hereditary forms of hypertension (in partnership with the YNHH Cardiovascular Genetics Program and the Yale Inherited Kidney Disease Program)

 Tests include:

  • 24-hour blood pressure monitoring
  • Cardiovascular autonomic nervous system assessment, including tilt-table testing
  • Central blood pressure and arterial stiffness assessments using pulse wave analysis
  • Total body water and extracellular fluid volume (bioimpedance) evaluation