We found 5 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. His areas of expertise include chronic kidney failure, kidney imaging, and hypertension (high blood pressure). He is affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Miller obtained his medical school training at Boston University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Dr. Miller accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. 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. Sunita Goyal Goyal, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA
 

Dr. Sunita Ray is an adult nephrology specialist in Gettysburg, PA, Hanover, PA, and Hershey, PA. After completing medical school at Maulana Azad Medical College, Dr. Ray performed her residency at New York Methodist Hospital. She is especially interested in hypertension (high blood pressure), hemodialysis, and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). She takes United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital, WellSpan Medical Group, and WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital. Dr. Ray has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Hemodialysis, End-Stage Renal Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease

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

Dr. John Repke is a perinatologist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in high risk pregnancy, hypertension (high blood pressure), and pre-eclampsia. Dr. Repke honors several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry. He is a graduate of New York Medical College. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. 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 practices pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). His clinical interests include hypertension (high blood pressure), glomerulonephritis, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Dr. Wassner is affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He accepts United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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' medical specialty is pediatric nephrology (kidney disease). Dr. Kees-Folts's areas of expertise consist of chronic kidney failure, glomerulonephritis, and hypertension (high blood pressure). She is professionally affiliated with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. Kees-Folts attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school.

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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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