We found 3 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 is a cardiologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sander include hypertension (high blood pressure) and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Sander is affiliated with Tulane Medical Center. He studied medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 practices pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Aviles include chronic kidney failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), and plasmapheresis. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Aviles attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico for residency. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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 practices cardiology (heart disease). His clinical interests include heart problems, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Ferdinand is affiliated with Tulane Medical Center. He attended Howard University College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Louisiana State University. Dr. Ferdinand takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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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.