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Dr. Merrill Alan Krolick, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 330
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Merrill Krolick is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. After attending New York College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Krolick completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Areas of expertise for Dr. Krolick include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ravi Reddy Kethireddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1301 2nd Ave Southwest; Suite 301
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Ravi Kethireddy specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. In addition to English, Dr. Kethireddy (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Kethireddy's areas of expertise include the following: mitral valve prolapse, carotid artery disease, and heart attack. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Northside Hospital (Georgia). After attending Kakatiya Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Dr. Kethireddy's patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kethireddy honors.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert William Patton Jr., JD, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
613 S Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Patton practices adult nephrology in Dunedin, FL, Safety Harbor, FL, and Clearwater, FL. Dr. Patton's clinical interests include hypertension (high blood pressure), hemodialysis, and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He attended medical school at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Hemodialysis, End-Stage Renal Disease, Blood Draw, Dialysis

Dr. Federico Elena Lenz, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Federico Lenz is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist in Clearwater, FL, Safety Harbor, FL, and Largo, FL. He studied medicine at Greater Bolivian University of San Andres Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Lenz trained at St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh. His areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and angioplasty. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Lenz speaks Spanish. Dr. Lenz is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Heart Stent Placement, Arrhythmias, General Care, Electrocardiogram, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jay Kumar Amin, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 250
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Jay Amin's specialty is adult cardiology. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Amin's clinical interests include holter monitoring, heart valve disease, and cardiomyopathy. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Amin is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Aortic Disease, Heart Stent Placement, Stress Testing, Holter ... (Read more)

Dr. Jaggers C Keene, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jaggers Keene is a physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Keene is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and thyroid problems. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. After attending Central University of the East School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Memorial Hermann. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Keene is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Depression, Sleep Disorders, Dizziness, Immunization, Erectile Dysfunction, Hypertension, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Benjamin R Devries, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
1573 South Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Benjamin Devries' area of specialization is family medicine. His areas of expertise include thyroid problems, minor surgery, and aspiration. He is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Devries takes. Dr. Devries attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Largo Medical Center for residency.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Spine Problems, Cough, Joint Problems, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Joseph Howard Rosin, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Rosin is an internist and geriatrician. His education and training includes medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at U.S. Public Health Service Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rosin include back pain, diabetes, and geriatric health. Dr. Rosin's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center, Diagnostic Clinic, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin Issues, Back Pain, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Prakas Thomas Dcunha, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
29296 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 3
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Prakas Dcunha works as an adult nephrologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Dcunha include hypertension (high blood pressure). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dcunha attended medical school at Kasturba Medical College. For his residency, Dr. Dcunha trained at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). He is affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, BayCare Physician Partners, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente specializes in adult hospital medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Saccente include alcohol abuse, cystic fibrosis (CF), and lupus. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Saccente completed his residency training at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Saccente accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Bozena Barbara Sabala, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
525 S Hercules Avenue; Unit 1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Bozena Sabala is a Clearwater, FL physician who specializes in family medicine. Dr. Sabala's clinical interests include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. Patient ratings for Dr. Sabala average 3.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. She graduated from the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sabala trained at North Shore University Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital for residency. She is conversant in Polish. She is affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Depression, Cryosurgery, Auto Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael P Wanger, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
516 Lakeview Road; Suite 4
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Wanger's area of specialization is adult hospital medicine. Dr. Wanger's clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and hospital care. His professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Wanger completed his residency training at Scripps Clinic. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Hospital Care

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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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