The Hypertension Institute brings together the very best state-of-the-art traditional western medicine with natural medicine, functional medicine and metabolic medicine. Here we integrate the whole person‚ mind, body and spirit towards healing and wellness. We educate our patients to be partners in their health care. Your health will be defined as more than the absence of disease, but as truth health and vitality where prevention is the best intervention. “A wise healer uses that which works.”

The Hypertension Institute was founded in 1995 by Dr. Mark Houston, internist and hypertension and cardiovascular specialist, and Dr. Allen Naftilin, cardiologist and hypertension specialist, at St. Thomas West Hospital and St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, TN. The Hypertension Institute immediately received national acclaim as one of the leading Institutes in the US for the treatment of hypertension and related cardiovascular disorders.

Meet Our

Primary Care Team


  • What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM): Hypertension
    What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Hypertension
  • What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Heart Disease
    What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Heart Disease
  • Nutrition and Integrative Strategies in Cardiovascular Medicine
    Nutritional and Integrative Strategies in Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Handbook of Hypertension
    Handbook of Hypertension
Hypertension Institute of Nashville
COSHEC

Consortium for Southeastern
Hypertension Control

Cardiovascular Center of Excellence

What Makes Us Different?


Award Winning Care

J. William Hillman Award for Excellence in Teaching: Vanderbilt Medical School

Harold Harper Award: ACAM 2002

Integrative Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching July 2010: IFIM

World Class Team

The Hypertension Institute is one of a prestigious group of organizations selected by a national committee of experts to be a Cardiovascular Center of Excellence (COSEHC) in the US.

Convenient Location

Located at St. Thomas West Hospital just minutes from downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

USA Today

Most Influential Doctor in both Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia. Dr. Houston named one of America’s Top Physicians in 2008 and 2009.

Latest Technology

Our staff is equipped with the most sophisticated diagnostic tools available to offer the best patient care.

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