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We found 5 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept HealthLink PPO near Oak Park, IL.

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

Dr. Jeffrey Freihage is a cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Schaumburg, IL, Oak Park, IL, and Bloomingdale, IL. His areas of expertise include cardiac risk reduction, carotid artery disease, and heart attack. Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Freihage accepts. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. Freihage is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiac Stress Testing, Carotid Artery Stenting, Cardiac Ablation, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Parag Doshi specializes in adult cardiology, interventional cardiology, and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Doshi attended Medical College Baroda for medical school and subsequently trained at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn for residency. These areas are among his clinical interests: cardiac risk reduction, carotid artery disease, and heart attack. The average patient rating for Dr. Doshi is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Preferred Network Access (PNA), Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Doshi (or staff) speaks Filipino, Spanish, and Polish. His hospital/clinic 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)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Carotid Artery Stenting, Cardiac Ablation, Hypertension, Heart Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Aasita Patel practices adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology in Elgin, IL, Schaumburg, IL, and Oak Park, IL. Dr. Patel's clinical interests include cardiac risk reduction, carotid artery disease, and heart attack. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Patel honors. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Gujarati and Hindi. Her hospital/clinic 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)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiac Stress Testing, Carotid Artery Stenting, Cardiac Ablation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sarah Nazeer Siddiqui, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6723 W. Roosevelt Road
Berwyn, IL
 

Dr. Sarah Siddiqui specializes in general internal medicine and practices in Berwyn, IL, Chicago, IL, and Wood Dale, IL. She has a special interest in diabetes, obesity, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, Adventist Health Partners (AHP), and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Siddiqui is a graduate of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Wounds, Hypertension, Preventive Care, Diabetes, Obesity

Dr. Crystal A Peoples, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
6723 W. Roosevelt Road
Berwyn, IL
 

Dr. Crystal Peoples' area of specialization is family medicine. She is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Peoples's areas of expertise consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and stress management. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health Partners (AHP), Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Health Network (AHN). She attended medical school at Rush Medical College. Patients rated Dr. Peoples highly, giving her an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Weight Management, Diabetes, Stress Management

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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.