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We found 4 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold HMO near Pasadena, TX.

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

Dr. Palur Balakrishnan works as an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist in Houston, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Pasadena, TX. Dr. Balakrishnan's areas of expertise include the following: high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), angioplasty, and stroke. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Balakrishnan attended Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for residency.

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

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Specializes in Family Medicine
4001 Preston Avenue; Suite 110
Pasadena, TX
 

Dr. Frank Ponce works as a family medicine practitioner in Pasadena, TX, Nassau Bay, TX, and Houston, TX. Dr. Ponce speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Ponce trained at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital for his residency. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Ponce has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Physical Exams, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Preventive Care

Dr. Francisco Roberto Maislos, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
7109 B Lawndale
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Francisco Maislos' area of specialization is adult cardiology. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Maislos attended National University of Cordoba Faculty of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island and Sinai Hospital of Detroit for residency. Dr. Maislos is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart Attack, Stress Management, Coronary Artery Disease

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
3333 Bayshore Boulevard; Suite 270
Pasadena, TX
 

Dr. Jesse Uyeda is a specialist in adult nephrology. He is especially interested in renal angioplasty, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Uyeda honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Uyeda is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Renal Angioplasty, Hypertension, Kidney Failure, Renal Biopsy, Dialysis

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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.