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We found 4 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept Humana Silver HMO near New Orleans, LA.

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

Dr. Gary Sander practices adult cardiology in New Orleans, LA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sander include hypertension (high blood pressure) and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is professionally affiliated with Tulane Medical Center. He attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Sander's medical residency was performed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sander accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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, who practices in Covington, LA, New Orleans, LA, and Baton Rouge, LA, is a medical specialist in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). His areas of expertise include the following: chronic kidney failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and plasmapheresis. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. After completing medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Dr. Aviles performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. He is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Franca Mngu Iorember, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
200 Henry Clay Avenue; Arm 4121
New Orleans, LA
 

Dr. Franca Iorember works as a pediatric nephrologist in New Orleans, LA and Lafayette, LA. She is especially interested in hypertension (high blood pressure), chronic kidney disease (CKD), and dialysis. She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Iorember is accepting new patients. She studied medicine at the University of Jos Faculty of Medical Sciences and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She completed her residency training at Grady Memorial Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Urologic Disorders, Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Hypertension, Kidney Problems

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

Dr. Keith Ferdinand's area of specialization is cardiology (heart disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Ferdinand include heart problems, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is affiliated with Tulane Medical Center. Dr. Ferdinand accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Ferdinand obtained his medical school training at Howard University College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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.