Every time your heart beats, it builds pressure that forces oxygenated blood through your blood vessels to different organs.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when the force of the blood traveling through your blood vessels is too high. Consistently high blood pressure can make your heart work harder and less efficiently and cause damage to your arteries. It can also lead to cardiovascular conditions such as heart attack or stroke and even cause kidney failure.
At Stanford, we have experience treating the most complex types of hypertension, so people come to us from across northern and central California. Our skilled cardiologists, nephrologists (doctors who specialize in kidney disorders), endocrinologists, geneticists, and radiologists work together to manage hypertension and help prevent possible complications.