We found 20 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold EPO near Tampa, FL.

Dr. Michael Scott Berlowitz, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
2 Tampa General Circle; Stc 3rd Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Michael Berlowitz specializes in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology and practices in Tampa, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Berlowitz is 3.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: shortness of breath (dyspnea), heart valve disease, and heart failure. 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 completing medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Berlowitz performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Berlowitz (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Russian. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Stress Testing, Stent, Atherosclerosis, Heart Failure, Chest Pain, Heart Valve ... (Read more)

Procedure Information for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
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    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.4%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.0 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 308 patients (2009-2011)
Procedure Information for Non-Emergency Angioplasty
  • Patient survival rate: ?
    This survival rate is 'risk-adjusted' to account for the fact that some physicians treat sicker patients than average. The resulting percentage is the survival rate for the average patient who has this procedure.
    99.6%
    (Similar to state average)
  • Case Severity: 1.2 times the average?
    Physicians with high case severity treat sicker patients than average, and their patients are more at-risk. In contrast, physicians with low case severity treat healthier patients than average, and their patients are less at-risk.
  • Based on 213 patients (2009-2011)
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Dr. Gustavo Serrano, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5101 N N Aremenia Avenue; Suite A, Office of Gustavo Serrano Md
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Gustavo Serrano is a physician who specializes in adult nephrology. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and dialysis. Dr. Serrano is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. 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 completing medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University District Hospital, Puerto Rico. Dr. Serrano speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Dialysis

Dr. Dany Edward Sayad, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
509 South Armenia Avenue; 2nd Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Dany Sayad's specialty is adult cardiology. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Sayad's areas of expertise include atherosclerosis, pacemaker implantation, and angina. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health, James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (JAHVH), and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. After attending the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and Saint Joseph University of Beirut for medical school, he completed his residency training at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Sayad is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Biventricular Pacemaker, Hypertension, Stress ... (Read more)

Dr. Jacques A Durr, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
4th Floor, Usf Nephrology Division; 13220 Usf Laurel Drive
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jacques Durr specializes in adult nephrology. He has indicated that his clinical interests include hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetic nephropathy, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Durr's education and training includes medical school at the University of Geneva Faculty of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Durr is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetic Nephropathy, Chronic Kidney Disease

Dr. Querubin Policarpio Mendoza, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
5101 N Habana Avenue
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Querubin Mendoza is an adult cardiologist, interventional cardiologist, and nuclear cardiology specialist. Dr. Mendoza has indicated that his clinical interests include hypertension (high blood pressure). His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. 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. Before performing his residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Dr. Mendoza attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school. Dr. Mendoza speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension

Dr. Joel Fernandez, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
509 South Armenia Avenue; 2nd Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Joel Fernandez is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. These areas are among his clinical interests: atherosclerosis, angina, and cardioversion. Dr. Fernandez accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Fernandez trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for his residency. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Hypertension, Stress Testing, Stent, Atherosclerosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Philip James Rogal, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
2 Tampa General Circle; Stc 5th Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Philip Rogal practices adult cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rogal include heart valve disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), and electrocardiogram (EKG). He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school and subsequently trained at Bellevue Hospital Center 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. Rogal honors. Dr. Rogal's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Stress Testing, Electrocardiogram, Heart Valve Disease, Echocardiogram, Heart Attack

Dr. John Dewey Ramirez, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
509 South Armenia Avenue; 2nd Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Ramirez is an adult cardiologist in Tampa, FL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ramirez include holter monitoring, atherosclerosis, and angina. 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. Dr. Ramirez graduated from Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital - North, the University of South Florida (USF) Health, and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. Dr. Ramirez is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Diabetes, Stress Testing, Atherosclerosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sanders Honggook Chae, JD, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
3rd Floor, Office of Sanders Chae Md; 2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Sanders Chae's specialties are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He practices in Tampa, FL. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart valve disease, pacemaker implantation, and cardioversion. His hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of South Florida (USF) Health and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Chae is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Chae trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Chae is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Biventricular Pacemaker, Hypertension, Catheter Ablation, Laser Treatment, ... (Read more)

Dr. Xavier Enerique Prida, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
5th Floor, Usf Department of Cardiology; 2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Xavier Prida is a specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Prida include coronary angiogram, mitral valve prolapse, and cardioversion. 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 the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Prida is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health, St. Joseph's Women's Hospital, and St. Joseph Children's Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Nuclear Stress Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Alok Singh, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
4612 N Habana Avenue; 2nd Floor
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Alok Singh works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Tampa, FL. Dr. Singh (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Hindi. His areas of expertise include coronary angiogram, mitral valve prolapse, and holter monitoring. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and BayCare Medical Group. After attending Maulana Azad Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Singh 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)

All Interests: Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Nuclear Stress Test, Invasive Cardiology, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen I Rifkin, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2 Tampa General Circle; Stc 6076
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Rifkin's area of specialization is adult nephrology. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Rifkin's residency was performed at Ohio State University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is especially interested in hypertension (high blood pressure). 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. Rifkin has received professional recognition including the following: Phi Beta Kappa, University of Rochester. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension

Dr. Claude Bassil, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
2 Tampa General Circle, Tampa; Floor 33612
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Claude Bassil practices adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bassil include hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Bassil 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. He attended Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Staten Island University Hospital and North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Faculty Mentor of the Year, USF Nephrology; Summer Medical Student Research Fellowship Award, American Heart Association; and Excellent Service as Chief Fellow, University of South Florida. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Bassil's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
3rd Floor, Usf Nephrology Division; 2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Christopher McFarren, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. His clinical interests encompass hypertension (high blood pressure). Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. McFarren accepts. Dr. McFarren graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension

Dr. Aarti Anil Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
2 Tampa General Circle
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Aarti Patel, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. These areas are among her clinical interests: ablation, pacemaker implantation, and cardioversion. Dr. Patel is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. She attended medical school at Florida State University College of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Patel trained at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Patel's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Biventricular Pacemaker, Hypertension, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Jon DiPietro, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine
2727 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard; Suite 450
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Jon Dipietro is a general practitioner and preventive medicine specialist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and preventive care. Dr. Dipietro's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Dipietro is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital - North, and Florida Medical Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, General Care, Alzheimer's Disease, Preventive Care, X-Rays

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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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