We found 7 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold HMO near Pasadena, TX.

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

Dr. Frank Ponce specializes in family medicine. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Ponce is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He attended Ross University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ponce's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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

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

Dr. Palur Balakrishnan's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Balakrishnan's clinical interests include high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), angioplasty, and stroke. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and Houston Methodist. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. Dr. Balakrishnan is accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College and residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York and Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers.

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

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

Dr. Jesse Uyeda is a nephrologist. Dr. Uyeda's areas of expertise include the following: renal angioplasty, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Uyeda attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for residency.

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

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
8876 Gulf Freeway; #215
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Sarah Shearer is an adult nephrology specialist in Houston, TX, Baytown, TX, and Nassau Bay, TX. Her clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Shearer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Houston Methodist, and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston). She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Shearer's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Amerigroup Star, and more. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, Renal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Nephrology
8876 Gulf Freeway; Suite 215
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Aashish Pandya's specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Pandya's clinical interests include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Pandya's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, Renal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Katherine Timmins Vollmers, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
8876 Gulf Freeway; Suite 215
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Vollmers is an adult nephrology specialist. She is conversant in Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Vollmers include kidney stones, hypertension (high blood pressure), and renal (kidney) biopsy. Dr. Vollmers is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Houston Methodist. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Vollmers attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vollmers has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Problems, Kidney Failure, Renal Biopsy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Francisco Maislos works as a cardiologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Maislos is 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Maislos honors. After completing medical school at National University of Cordoba Faculty of Medical Sciences, he performed his residency at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island and Sinai Hospital of Detroit. He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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

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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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