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We found 3 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum near Sun City Center, FL.

Dr. Fadi Adib Matar, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
137 S. Pebble Beach Boulevard; Suite 101
Sun City Center, FL
 

Dr. Fadi Matar works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Matar is 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: atherosclerosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), and angina. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Matar accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is accepting new patients. He attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine and American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Maryland General Hospital for residency. He speaks Arabic.

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Dr. Antonio Victor Zumpano, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4051 Upper Creek Drive
Sun City Center, FL
 

Dr. Antonio Zumpano is an internist. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Zumpano's professional affiliations include South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Zumpano obtained his medical school training at Ross University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Jersey City Medical Center.

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All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Spirometry, High Cholesterol, Venipuncture, Asthma, Ear ... (Read more)

Dr. Pedro Manuel Enriquez, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4051 Upper Creek Drive
Sun City Center, FL
 

Dr. Pedro Enriquez practices general internal medicine. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Central University of the East School of Medicine, Dr. Enriquez completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Louisville. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with South Bay Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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All Interests: Immunization, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Spirometry, High Cholesterol, Asthma, Ear Infection, ... (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.