We found 4 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept Aetna Open Access Elect Choice near Chicago, IL.

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

Dr. Craig Langman's medical specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). After completing medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, Dr. Langman performed his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He has a special interest in osteoporosis, metabolic disorders, and kidney problems. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Langman speaks French. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Langman's practice is open to new patients.

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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 Street 19th Floor; Arkes Pavilion
Chicago, IL
 

Dr. Juan Caicedo's specialty is transplant surgery. Dr. Caicedo's clinical interests include hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), pancreas transplant, and biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts). Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Caicedo accepts. He attended medical school at National University of Colombia Faculty of Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Caicedo speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Northwestern Medical Group (NMG), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Amy Bobrowski practices pediatric nephrology (kidney disease) in Chicago, IL. Dr. Bobrowski has a special interest in hypertension (high blood pressure), plasmapheresis, and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Unfortunately, Dr. Bobrowski is not currently accepting new patients. 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. She speaks Spanish.

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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 practices pediatric nephrology (kidney disease) in Chicago, IL, Glenview, IL, and New Lenox, IL. Dr. Hodgkins's clinical interests include kidney problems. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. Before performing her residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Dr. Hodgkins attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. Dr. Hodgkins is professionally affiliated with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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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.

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