Drs. Page, Gifford and Dustan looking at paperwork on a table

Photo: Cleveland Clinic Archives

Hypertension used to be a death sentence, but Cleveland Clinic researchers helped to make it a treatable disease. Irvine Page, MD (left), proposed a “mosaic theory” that linked hypertension to multiple factors. Raymond Gifford, MD (center), demonstrated the lifesaving potential of antihypertensive drugs. Harriet Dustan, MD (right), was at the forefront of establishing a correlation between dietary sodium and the disease.