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We found 4 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept First Health near Lake Mary, FL.

Dr. Ratan Kumar Ahuja, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
1319 S. International Parkway; Suite 1171
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Ratan Ahuja is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ahuja is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences. Dr. Ahuja's training includes a residency program at Maulana Azad Medical Center. Dr. Ahuja (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Enlarged Heart, Nuclear Stress Test, Hypertension, Tricuspid Valve Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Fuad Afzal, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1355 S International Parkway; Suite 1451
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Fuad Afzal works as an adult nephrologist in Altamonte Springs, FL, Lake Mary, FL, and Apopka, FL. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital and Orlando Health. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Allama Iqbal Medical College, Dr. Afzal performed his residency at UPMC McKeesport Hospital. Dr. Afzal (or staff) is conversant in Urdu.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Kidney Stones, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1355 South International Parkway; Suite 1481
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Jay Bitar is an adult cardiology and interventional cardiology specialist in Lake Mary, FL. Dr. Bitar attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Bitar (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and German. Dr. Bitar's professional affiliations include Orlando Health and Central Florida Regional Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Stress Echo, Hypertension, Arrhythmias, High Cholesterol, Coronary Angiogram, Holter Monitoring, ... (Read more)

Dr. Karuna Ahuja, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Adult Pulmonology
1319 International Parkway; Suite 1171
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Karuna Ahuja specializes in critical care (intensive care medicine) and adult pulmonology. Her average rating from her patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. She is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Ahuja is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. After attending GSVM Medical College and Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with State University of New York (SUNY). In addition to English, Dr. Ahuja (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Bronchoscopy, Cardiomyopathy, Enlarged Heart, Hypertension, Tricuspid Valve Disease, Pulmonary ... (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.