We found 36 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold near Pinellas Park, FL.

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan Iyer, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
218 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 218
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Akila Ananthakrishnan practices general internal medicine. Dr. Ananthakrishnan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Her education and training includes medical school at Stanley Medical College and residency at UPMC Shadyside. She is conversant in Tamil and Malayalam. She is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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Dr. Brien Edwin Pierpont, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
2299 9th Avenue N; Suite 3-c
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Brien Pierpont is a specialist in adult cardiology. He speaks Italian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital. Dr. Pierpont attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and subsequently trained at York Hospital for residency. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pierpont honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Stress Test, Edema, Hypertension, Tricuspid Valve Disease, Aortic Aneurysm, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kavita Bakthavatsalam Rao, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4957 38th Avenue North; Suite C
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Kavita Rao's area of specialization is general internal medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Rao average 4.0 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She trained at Hurley Medical Center for her residency. In addition to English, Dr. Rao (or staff) speaks Tamil, Hindi, and Indonesian. Dr. Rao's professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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Dr. Allen Finkelstein, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
10225 Ulmerton Road; 1a
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Allen Finkelstein practices family medicine. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Finkelstein is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He obtained his medical school training at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Finkelstein (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Finkelstein is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Depression, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypertension, Hypoglycemia, Skin Cancer, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Priyadarshini Gopinath Rao, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8130 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Priyadarshini Rao specializes in general internal medicine. On average, patients gave Dr. Rao a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. She graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and then she performed her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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Dr. Bhagwat Dahyabhai Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5781 49th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Bhagwat Patel practices adult nephrology in Saint Petersburg, FL. His clinical interests encompass hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Patel is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Medical College Baroda. Dr. Patel's training includes residency programs at Georgetown University Medical Center and D.C. General Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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Dr. Christopher H Wilson, DO
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
6006 49th Street North; Suite 200
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Christopher Wilson works as an adult cardiologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. 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. Dr. Wilson graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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Dr. Bartholomew Fred Natoli, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9009 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Bartholomew Natoli is a general internist in Seminole, FL. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among his clinical interests: depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. Dr. Natoli's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. Dr. Natoli is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson. Dr. Natoli speaks Italian.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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Dr. Dean Allen Bramlet, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
7111 1st Avenue S
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Dean Bramlet is a specialist in adult cardiology. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. He is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at Duke University Hospital. Dr. Bramlet takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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

Dr. Gregorio Samuel Santos, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6125 54th Avenue N.; Suite B
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Gregorio Santos sees patients in Saint Petersburg, FL and Kenneth City, FL. His medical specialty is general internal medicine. Dr. Santos speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include diabetes, geriatric health, and nutrition counseling. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital. He graduated from Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher, Faculty of Health Sciences. He trained at The Miriam Hospital for his residency. Dr. Santos honors 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)

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Dr. Mrinalini Emma Matcha, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1700 66th Street North; Suite 302
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Mrinalini Matcha is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Before performing her residency at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Matcha attended The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University and Christian Medical College for medical school. She is especially interested in hypertension (high blood pressure) and kidney problems. Dr. Matcha takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Matcha (or staff) speaks Telugu and Spanish. She is affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Kidney Problems, Transplant Procedures, Diabetic Nephropathy, Preventive Care, ... (Read more)

Dr. Roberto Francisco Sanchez, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Other
6006 49th Street No; Suite 200, The Heart & Vascular Institute of Fl So
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Robert Sanchez's medical specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Sanchez attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Long Island Jewish Medical Center for residency. Clinical interests for Dr. Sanchez include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), angioplasty, and heart stent placement. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Enlarged Heart, Right Heart Catheterization, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Dr. Aurindom Narayan, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4820 5th Avenue North
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Aurindom Narayan is an internist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Before performing his residency at Saint Peter's University Hospital, Dr. Narayan attended All India Institute of Medical Sciences for medical school. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, obesity, and depression. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Narayan (or staff) speaks Bengali and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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Dr. Michael Siedlecki Sr., MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1201 5th Avenue N; Suite 302
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Siedlecki practices adult nephrology in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Siedlecki attended the University of Gottingen Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Siedlecki include kidney problems and dialysis. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He speaks Polish. Dr. Siedlecki's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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Dr. Apurva Bharat Shah, MPH, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
13220 Belcher Road S; Unit 11
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Apurva Shah is a general internist. He is rated 1.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Shah is in-network for 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 South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Topiwala National Medical College. He trained at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include Largo Medical Center and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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Dr. Sara Michelle Downs, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
10707 66th Street N; Suite 1
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Sara Downs sees patients in Pinellas Park, FL. Her medical specialty is general internal medicine. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Largo Medical Center, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. After completing medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Downs performed her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. She is in-network for 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)

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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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