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UF Health Pediatric Hypertension Practice


1549 Gale Lemerand Drive
Gainesville, Florida 32610
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Phone Numbers

Appointment (352) 273-9182

Hours of Operation

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The comprehensive UF Health Pediatric Hypertension Practice is designed to diagnose and treat infants, children and teenagers with known or suspected hypertension. It combines the expertise of UF pediatric specialists with the specialized resources of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital to offer a unique service for children.

We offer:

  • A comprehensive evaluation by a physician specially trained in pediatric hypertension
  • Specialized testing, including 24-hour blood pressure monitoring, radiology exams (ex. echocardiogram) and laboratory testing
  • Long-term monitoring by our hypertension specialists as part of our commitment to long-term patient care

Common hypertension questions

What is hypertension?

Hypertension, also called high blood pressure, is when the blood pressure is persistently above the normal range for age.

Can children have hypertension?

Yes. Children can also have hypertension.

What causes hypertension in children?

In children, the common cause for hypertension is often related to an underlying kidney disease. However, other causes of hypertension include certain heart conditions and hormone problems. Hypertension may also occur without an underlying cause, especially in older children, and those with a family history of hypertension are also at an increased risk.

Are certain children at high risk of developing hypertension?

Yes. If there is a strong family history of elevated blood pressure, the child's risk of developing it at some point in their life is higher. In addition, children who are overweight are at an increased risk.

Is untreated hypertension dangerous?

Yes. Untreated hypertension may lead to heart disease, strokes or kidney failure.

Can hypertension in children be treated?

Yes. Children with hypertension can be successfully treated with dietary changes, exercise, medicine that can lower blood pressure or surgery, depending on the cause of hypertension.

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For your convenience and peace of mind

  • Accessibility

    Aids and services are available to help people with disabilities communicate effectively.

  • ATM and Banking

    Many of UF Health's properties have various branch ATMs and/or branch offices.

  • Baby-Changing Station

    Baby-changing stations are available in many of UF Health's restrooms.

  • Coffee

    Options include Opus Coffee and Starbucks in the hospital atriums.

  • Free Wifi

    Patients and guests get free wireless internet access at UF Health hospitals.

  • Gardens and Outdoor Spaces

    The Garden of Hope, Sun Terrace, and other spaces help patients and families relax.

  • Gender-Neutral Restroom

    Gender-neutral, public restrooms are located throughout UF Health's properties.

  • Gift Shops

    The Gift Stops offer a wide variety of gifts and products for patients and families.

  • Interpreters / Hearing Impaired

    UF Health provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English.

  • Medical Records

    You can download a form or call (352) 594-0909 to have medical records mailed or faxed.

  • Notary Public

    Notary services are available to patients and visitors Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    Smoking, chewing tobacco, or using electronic cigarettes is prohibited on UF Health properties.

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    Social workers are part of the patient's care team and work with medical staff and nurses.