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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 specializes in adult cardiology and practices in Orange City, FL and Lake Mary, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Ahuja (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. After attending the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Maulana Azad Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ahuja takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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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 is a specialist in adult nephrology. In addition to English, Dr. Afzal (or staff) speaks Urdu. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Central Florida Regional Hospital and Orlando Health. Before completing his residency at UPMC McKeesport Hospital, Dr. Afzal attended medical school at Allama Iqbal Medical College. 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.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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Dr. Jay Bradley Bitar, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1355 South International Parkway; Suite 1481
Lake Mary, FL
 

Dr. Jay Bitar, who practices in Lake Mary, FL, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Bitar is a graduate of the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Henry Ford Hospital for residency. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bitar honors. In addition to English, Dr. Bitar (or staff) speaks Arabic and German. He is affiliated with 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 works as an intensive care specialist and adult pulmonologist in Orange City, FL and Lake Mary, FL. Dr. Ahuja (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. She is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Ahuja graduated from 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). The average patient rating for Dr. Ahuja is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ahuja is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE.

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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.