We found 10 providers with an interest in hypertension and who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueSelect near Clearwater, FL.

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Merrill Krolick, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 330
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Merrill Krolick's specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Krolick include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Krolick is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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. Dr. Krolick attended medical school at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for his residency. In addition to English, Dr. Krolick (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Chest CT Scan, Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged ... (Read more)

Benjamin DeVries, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1573 South Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Benjamin Devries' specialty is family medicine. Dr. Devries's areas of expertise include thyroid problems, minor surgery, and aspiration. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus. Before performing his residency at Largo Medical Center, Dr. Devries attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. He honors 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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All Interests: Hypertension, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Skin Issues, Spine Problems, Cough, Joint Problems, Skin ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert William Patton Jr., JD, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
613 S Myrtle Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Robert Patton works as a nephrologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Patton include hypertension (high blood pressure), hemodialysis, and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Dr. Patton takes 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 Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Hemodialysis, End-Stage Renal Disease, Blood Draw, Dialysis

Dr. Federico Elena Lenz, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
455 Pinellas Street; Suite 400
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Federico Lenz, who practices in Clearwater, FL, Safety Harbor, FL, and Largo, FL, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. These areas are among his clinical interests: arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), holter monitoring, and angioplasty. Dr. Lenz is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Greater Bolivian University of San Andres Faculty of Medicine. He trained at St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh for his residency. Dr. Lenz has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, BayCare Physician Partners, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Heart Stent Placement, Arrhythmias, Internal Medicine, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jaggers C Keene, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1301 2nd Avenue Southwest
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Jaggers Keene is a family medicine practitioner. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Keene include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), erectile dysfunction (impotence), and thyroid problems. Dr. Keene is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Keene's education and training includes medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine and residency at Memorial Hermann. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Diagnostic Clinic.

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Dr. Prakas Thomas Dcunha, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
29296 Us Highway 19 N; Suite 3
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Prakas Dcunha's medical specialty is adult nephrology. Clinical interests for Dr. Dcunha include hypertension (high blood pressure). Dr. Dcunha's professional affiliations include BayCare Alliant Hospital, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and BayCare Physician Partners. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Kasturba Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU) for residency.

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Dr. Joseph H Rosin, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
1301 2nd Avenue Southwest
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Joseph Rosin works as an internist and geriatrician. After attending Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. Rosin completed his residency training at U.S. Public Health Service Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Rosin include back pain, diabetes, and geriatric health. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Rosin is professionally affiliated with Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, Diagnostic Clinic, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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All Interests: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypertension, Diabetes, Shingles, Skin Issues, Back Pain, Alzheimer's ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Douglas Saccente, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1251 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Saccente works as a general internist. Dr. Saccente attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was performed at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute. His areas of expertise include alcohol abuse, cystic fibrosis (CF), and lupus. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Saccente's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Dr. Bozena Barbara Sabala, DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
525 S Hercules Avenue; Unit 1
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Bozena Sabala works as a family medicine practitioner. Dr. Sabala has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her areas of expertise include sexually transmitted diseases (STds), trigger point injections, and depression. She 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. Before completing her residency at North Shore University Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital, Dr. Sabala attended medical school at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sabala is conversant in Polish. She is professionally affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

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Dr. Michael P Wanger, MD
Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine
516 Lakeview Road; Suite 4
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Michael Wanger is an adult hospital medicine specialist in Clearwater, FL. Dr. Wanger speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and hospital care. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital. Dr. Wanger attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Scripps Clinic for residency. 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.

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All Interests: Hypertension, Diabetes, Hospital 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.

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