A diagnosis of hypertension can be life changing. If left untreated, the disease can lead to a number of other health conditions, including coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, stroke and kidney failure. At the Hypertension Clinic at Harborview, our goal is to help you avoid these complications through a high-quality, comprehensive and team-based approach to patient care.
Patients are typically referred to the Hypertension Clinic when:
• they have hypertension that is difficult to control and being treated with three or more types of medication;
• a provider suspects a secondary or reversible cause of hypertension, such as narrowing of an artery, a hormonal abnormality or an inherited genetic condition; or
• a patient has a strong family history of hypertension.
In some cases, the Hypertension Clinic incorporates the use of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, a technique that utilizes a small, wearable device to take measurements of a patient’s blood pressure over a 24- to 48-hour period. This technique provides the most accurate method for determining blood pressure at home, and can be used in some patients to more accurately assess cardiovascular risk.
Meet Your Providers
Dr. Matthew Rivara is a UW Medicine nephrologist who cares for patients with hypertension and kidney diseases. His education and training include a B.A. from Yale University in 2004, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 2009, residency in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2012, and fellowship training at the University of Washington in 2015.
Bridget Whelan is a nurse practitioner for the Division of Nephrology at UW Medicine. She sees patients on dialysis and collaborates with dialysis unit staff to provide individualized patient care. Whelan worked as a nurse at the University of North Carolina and received her master’s degree in nursing at UNC- Chapel Hill before joining the Harborview Nephrology team. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
The clinic is located on the 7th floor of the Norm Maleng Building at Harborview Medical Center.
To fax documents, please use the clinic fax number: 206.744.5087