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We found 9 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept First Health PPO near Pearland, TX.

Dr. Linda Charlene Porter-Tucci, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8619 West Broadway; Suite 100
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Linda Porter-Tucci is a family practitioner in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Porter-Tucci has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her clinical interests include diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and asthma. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Porter-Tucci graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, Sugar Land. She is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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Dr. Rupali Narendra Kadakia, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8520 W. Broadway Street; Suite 200
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Rupali Kadakia specializes in family medicine and practices in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Kadakia's areas of expertise include the following: pap test, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She studied medicine at Mahatma Gandhi Mission's Medical College. For her residency, Dr. Kadakia trained at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, Sugar Land. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Physical Exams, High Cholesterol, Asthma, Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Pap Test, ... (Read more)

Dr. Su-Min Min Chang, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, General Internal Medicine
8520 W. Broadway Street; Suite 230
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Su-Min Chang's areas of specialization are adult cardiology and general internal medicine. After completing medical school at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Chang performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His areas of expertise include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), heart failure, and heart valve disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Chang is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Arrhythmias, Atherosclerosis, High ... (Read more)

Dr. Craig Murdoch Pratt, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
8520 W. Broadway; Suite 230
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Craig Pratt practices adult cardiology in Houston, TX and Pearland, TX. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Pratt's clinical interests: renal angioplasty, mitral valve prolapse, and heart attack. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He studied medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Pratt is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Miguel Adolfa Quinones, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
2950 Cullen Parkway; Suite 111
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Miguel Quinones' medical specialty is adult cardiology. He is rated highly by his patients. His clinical interests include hypotension (low blood pressure), heart failure, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Quinones honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Quinones is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Quinones's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Martha Frances Gerteisen, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics
8619 West Broadway; Suite 100
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Martha Gerteisen works as a general internist and general pediatrician in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. She studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Gerteisen include sinusitis (sinus infection), thyroid problems, and heart problems. Dr. Gerteisen is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gerteisen honors. Dr. Gerteisen is affiliated with Houston Methodist.

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All Interests: Adolescent Issues, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Sleep Apnea, Physical Exams, Diabetes, Arthritis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Maria Melita Palasi, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8619 West Broadway; Suite 100
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Maria Palasi works as a family medicine physician in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Palasi include diabetes, sleep disorders, and thyroid problems. Patients rated Dr. Palasi highly, giving her an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Palasi is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Branka G Kosarac, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
8520 W. Broadway Street; Suite 200
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Branka Kosarac's area of specialization is family medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Kosarac average 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Kosarac include diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Kosarac is affiliated with Houston Methodist. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Kosarac attended the University of Sarajevo Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Thyroid Problems, Preventive Care, Anxiety, Smoking Cessation

Dr. Kimberly Newsome Newsome, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
8520 W. Broadway Street; Suite 200
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Kimberly Sims works as an internist. Her clinical interests include diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). Patient ratings for Dr. Sims average 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sims honors. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Sims is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Nutrition Issues, Preventive Care

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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.