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We found 5 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept Aetna Open Access Elect Choice near Chicago, IL.

Dr. Anton Ivan Skaro, PhD, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N. Saint Clair; Arkes 19th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Anton Skaro's medical specialty is transplant surgery. After attending The University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Skaro include liver cancer, pancreas transplant, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. In addition to English, he speaks Croatian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Surgical Procedures, Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Craig Bradford Langman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
225 E Chicago Avenue; Mail Stop #37
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Craig Langman is a pediatric nephrology (kidney disease) specialist in Chicago, IL, Glenbrook, IL, and Northbrook, IL. He attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Langman trained at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Langman include osteoporosis, metabolic disorders, and kidney problems. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Langman accepts. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Langman's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, End-Stage Renal Disease, Kidney Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Juan Carlos Caicedo-Ramirez, MD
Specializes in Transplant Surgery
676 N. Saint Clair; Arkes 19th Floor
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Juan Caicedo's medical specialty is transplant surgery. Dr. Caicedo graduated from National University of Colombia Faculty of Medicine. His areas of expertise include liver cancer, pancreas transplant, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Caicedo speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Liver Cancer, Kidney Transplant, Liver Disease, Surgical Procedures, Pancreas ... (Read more)

Dr. Amy Eldridge Bobrowski, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
225 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Amy Bobrowski is a specialist in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). These areas are among Dr. Bobrowski's clinical interests: hypertension (high blood pressure), plasmapheresis, and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Bobrowski trained at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. Dr. Bobrowski's professional affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Unfortunately, she is not currently accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, End-Stage Renal Disease, Kidney Problems, Plasmapheresis

Dr. Kavita M Hodgkins, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
250 E. Superior Street
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Kavita Hodgkins is a physician who specializes in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Her clinical interests encompass kidney problems. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hodgkins graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her training includes a residency program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Acute Kidney Injury, Hypertension, Kidney Problems, Urinary Tract Infection

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What is High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)?

The heart pumps blood through stretchy tubes called arteries to all the tissues of the body. The force of the blood moving through those tubes is called blood pressure. If blood pressure is too high, and the tubes stretch out too far, serious symptoms can sometimes develop. The heart has to work harder to pump blood into stretched vessels, and this can lead to damage to the heart muscle. Blood vessels can be weakened by overstretching, and can burst open. This causes a stroke or aneurysm. Sometimes arteries under high blood pressure develop tiny tears along their surface. These rough edges can attract platelets, forming a clot. Clots can block arteries and cause tissue damage to the areas beyond the clot, if they don’t get enough oxygen. If the clot blocks an artery entirely it can cause a heart attack or stroke.

Blood pressure is measured by two numbers, called systolic and diastolic, which are written one over the other. The top number, systolic, measures the pressure inside the arteries when the heart is contracting. The bottom number, diastolic, measures pressure when the heart is relaxed and refilling. A healthy blood pressure is considered to be less than 120/80 mmHg. Blood pressure over 140/90 mmHg usually requires treatment.

High blood pressure can sometimes be managed with lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet low in sodium, exercise, losing weight, quitting smoking, and reducing stress. If that is not enough, there are medications such as beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors that can help.