Hypertension and Vascular Evaluation (HAVE) Program

Children and adolescents who are at risk for high blood pressure, or who have cardiovascular risk factors associated with other medical conditions, will receive coordinated, outpatient care through the Hypertension and Vascular Evaluation (HAVE) Program. The HAVE Program is a cutting-edge collaboration between the Division of Nephrology and the Cardiac Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Our team specializes in managing high blood pressure (hypertension) in children and young adults, with a special emphasis on promoting long-term cardiovascular health. We focus on the big picture, providing recommendations to help you and your child maintain a healthy lifestyle beyond initial treatment.

Assessing your child’s heart health while he’s still young allows us to start appropriate treatment (with medications or lifestyle changes) more quickly. This early intervention plays an important role in preventing heart problems such as heart attack and stroke in adulthood.

Our services

Our team of doctors and nurses focuses on the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Cardiovascular risk factors associated with other medical conditions, such as:
    • Renal insufficiency/failure
    • Solid organ transplantation
    • Coarctation of the aorta
    • Sickle cell disease

All of our team members have special expertise in managing hypertension. We focus on the medical treatment of the condition and also work to prevent future cardiovascular problems. This attention to all aspects of your child’s health and well-being enables us to provide the very best care for your child while seeking to prevent future health challenges.

The HAVE Program is open to patients within Children's Hospital as well as those referred by outside physicians. We will work closely with your child’s primary healthcare team to coordinate care and ensure the best outcome possible.