Yes, cardiologists do treat high blood pressure as hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Cardiologists are specialists in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels, and hypertension is one of the most common conditions they treat.
- Hypertension is often treated with lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, and medications. Cardiologists may also work with other healthcare professionals such as a primary care physician, a nurse practitioner, or a dietitian to manage hypertension.
- Cardiologists may also use specialized techniques such as monitoring blood pressure through a 24-hour period, to evaluate white coat hypertension or masked hypertension, which are forms of hypertension that are not detected by regular office blood pressure measurements.
- In some cases, hypertension may be caused by an underlying condition, such as kidney disease or sleep apnea, and in these cases, the cardiologist may refer the patient to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment.
If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, it is important to work closely with your cardiologist to manage your condition and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.