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We found 4 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept Aetna Silver EPO near Pasadena, TX.

Dr. Palur V Balakrishnan, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
4102 Woodlawn; Suite 110
Pasadena, TX

Dr. Palur Balakrishnan, who practices in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Pasadena, TX, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. His clinical interests include high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), angioplasty, and stroke. Dr. Balakrishnan honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College and performed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Invasive Cardiology, Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Angiogram, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Melissa Montoya Celi, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
Medical Plaza 3; 1801 North Loop West, Suite 30
Houston, TX

Dr. Melissa Celi sees patients in Houston, TX. Her medical specialty is family medicine. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. Dr. Celi obtained her medical school training at Ross University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, Sugar Land.

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All Interests: Nutrition Issues, Hypertension, Weight Management, Sports Physicals, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Stress ... (Read more)

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
4802 E Sam Houston Parkway S; Suite 150
Pasadena, TX

Dr. Durga Sunkara practices general internal medicine in Pasadena, TX. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. Dr. Sunkara is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. He attended Andhra Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for residency.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Weight Loss, Physical Exams, Diabetes

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Specializes in Other, Ophthalmology
5125 Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, TX

Dr. Stewart Zuckerbrod works as an ophthalmologist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Zuckerbrod attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Zuckerbrod has indicated that his clinical interests include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and comprehensive ophthalmology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Zuckerbrod is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Hypertension, Diabetes, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery ... (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.