We found 4 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept Blue Choice Gold PPO 001 near Waco, TX.

Dr. John Walter Idoux, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
7700 Fish Pond Road
Waco, TX
 

Dr. John Idoux works as a nephrologist. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. Idoux trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for his residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Acute Kidney Injury, Hypertension, Chronic Kidney Disease

Dr. Jennifer Lynn Headrick, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
2201 Macarthur Drive; Suite 2200
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Jennifer Headrick works as an internist in Waco, TX. Her patients gave her an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Headrick is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee for her residency. She has received professional recognition including the following: Chief Resident, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville, TN, 2008-2009. Dr. Headrick is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Dr. Faris Q Hashim, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Nephrology
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Faris Hashim's medical specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). In addition to English, Dr. Hashim speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He attended medical school at The University of Mustansiriyah College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Hashim include: Customer service is key award (CSK), UFHealth Shands, Gainesville, FL; Awarded grant for poster presentation in NKF meeting, Orlando, FL; and Awarded fellow grant for RRI conference.

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All Interests: Transplant Procedures, Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Kidney Injury, Kidney Stones, Renal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ashish Virendra Banker, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
100 Hillcrest Medical Boulevard
Waco, TX
 

Dr. Ashish Banker is a pediatric cardiology specialist. Dr. Banker is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Banker has received include Summa Cum Laude, State University of New York at Binghamton University and Dr. Dominick Artuso Medical Scholarship, State University of New York at Binghamton University. In addition to English, Dr. Banker (or staff) speaks Spanish and Gujarati.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Syncope, Sports Health, Hypertension, Echocardiogram, Congenital Heart Disease, Arrhythmias

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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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