We found 4 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept Coventry Silver HMO near Hershey, PA.

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Dr. Ronald Peter Miller, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Ronald Miller's specialty is adult nephrology. In his practice, he is particularly interested in chronic kidney failure, kidney imaging, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Miller is affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. His education and training includes medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He has received the distinction of Fellow, American College of Physicians, American College of Physicians.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Chronic Kidney Failure, Kidney Imaging

Dr. John Thomas Repke, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. John Repke sees patients in Hershey, PA. His medical specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). These areas are among Dr. Repke's clinical interests: high risk pregnancy, hypertension (high blood pressure), and pre-eclampsia. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Repke attended New York Medical College for medical school. He is professionally affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Pre-Eclampsia, High Risk Pregnancy, Women's Health Issues, Hypertension

Dr. Steven Joel Wassner, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Steven Wassner's specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Dr. Wassner graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. His areas of clinical interest consist of hypertension (high blood pressure), glomerulonephritis, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. Dr. Wassner is affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Chronic Kidney Disease, Hypertension

Dr. Deborah Diane Kees-Folts, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Deborah Kees-Folts is a medical specialist in pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Her areas of clinical interest consist of chronic kidney failure, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Kees-Folts takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. Dr. Kees-Folts studied medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine. She trained at Ohio State University Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Chronic Kidney Failure, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant

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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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