We found 3 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept Humana Silver HMO near New Orleans, LA.

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Dr. Gary Edward Sander, PhD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
1415 Tulane Avenue; 4th Floor
New Orleans, LA

Dr. Gary Sander is an adult cardiologist in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Sander attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Sander trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. These areas are among his clinical interests: hypertension (high blood pressure) and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Tulane Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Cholesterol Problems, High Cholesterol

Dr. Diego H Aviles, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
200 Henry Clay Avenue
New Orleans, LA

Dr. Diego Aviles is a pediatric nephrologist. His areas of expertise include chronic kidney failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and plasmapheresis. Dr. Aviles takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Aviles is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Nephrotic Syndrome, Urologic Disorders, Chronic Kidney Failure, Dialysis, Hypertension, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Keith C Ferdinand, MD
Specializes in Other, Cardiology
1415 Tulane Avenue; 4th Floor
New Orleans, LA

Dr. Keith Ferdinand works as a cardiologist. He has a special interest in heart problems, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Ferdinand honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ferdinand completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. He is affiliated with Tulane Medical Center.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, High Cholesterol

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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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