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We found 4 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept Humana HMO Premier near Waco, TX.

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

Dr. John Idoux specializes in adult nephrology. He 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. Dr. Idoux is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Idoux completed a residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 is a general internist in Waco, TX. Dr. Headrick is rated highly by her patients. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee. Dr. Headrick has received the distinction of Chief Resident, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville, TN, 2008-2009. She is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, High Cholesterol

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

Dr. Ashish Banker works as a pediatric cardiologist. 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. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Banker attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Banker has received distinctions including 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. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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

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

Dr. Faris Hashim sees patients in Round Rock, TX, Waco, TX, and Killeen, TX. His medical specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Dr. Hashim is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from The University of Mustansiriyah College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. 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. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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

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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.