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We found 3 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield POS near Oak Park, IL.

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Dr. Jeffrey H Freihage, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
7035 West North Avenue
Oak Park, IL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Freihage is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Freihage include cardiac risk reduction, carotid artery disease, and heart attack. He takes Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Freihage's education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Freihage is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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Dr. Parag M Doshi, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
7035 West North Avenue
Oak Park, IL
 

Dr. Parag Doshi practices adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Doshi (or staff) speaks Filipino, Spanish, and Polish. Dr. Doshi's areas of expertise include cardiac risk reduction, carotid artery disease, and heart attack. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). He is a graduate of Medical College Baroda and a graduate of Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn's residency program. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Doshi takes.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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Dr. Aasita Nitin Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
7035 North Avenue
Oak Park, IL
 

Dr. Aasita Patel specializes in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. These areas are among Dr. Patel's clinical interests: cardiac risk reduction, carotid artery disease, and heart attack. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Her professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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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.