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Lenox Hill Hospital Opens Center For Hypertension and Cardiovascular Medicine

February 11, 2003

Lenox Hill Hospital has opened a Center for Hypertension and Cardiovascular Medicine, which offers care based on a new cross-disciplinary treatment standard for patients with hypertension, vascular disease and multiple cardiovascular risk factors, including diabetes and renal disease.

The new 6,000 square foot facility is located at Manhattan Eye Ear & Throat Institute at 210 East 64th Street, a subsidiary of Lenox Hill Hospital.

This dedicated center is headed by Robert A. Phillips MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, a cardiologist specializing in hypertension management and clinical research. The Center's specially trained staff and state-of-the-art monitoring equipment provides diagnosis and treatment evaluations, including 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure measurements and vascular evaluations.

"The rationale behind the formation of this center is the new understanding that cardiovascular complications are the primary cause of morbidity and mortality in chronic diseases that were previously treated as separate, distinct entities, such as diabetes and renal disease," says Dr. Phillips. "In other words, people with diabetes don't usually die from high sugar, they die from heart disease," he says. "Treating these disorders in the traditional 'silo mentality' specialty approach just won't work anymore - you need a cross disciplinary and cross-therapeutic approach for optimal reduction in cardiovascular risk."

Patients are offered a comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessment, and a prevention and treatment plan for the cardiovascular diseases associated with their disorder. Treatments include medications that are used singly or in combination, an emphasis on lifestyle changes and focused follow-ups.

The Center also participates in national research trials including the NIH-sponsored African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension Cohort Trial (AASK) and a study of the effects various antihypertensive agents have on insulin resistance, exercise performance and vessel function in patients with high blood pressure.

To contact Lenox Hill Hospital's new Center for Hypertension and Cardiovascular Medicine call (212) 702-7400.

Members of the press seeking information about Lenox Hill Hospital should call the Public Relations Department at (212) 434-2400