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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
average rating 4.65 stars (116 ratings)
2002 Medical Parkway; Suite 500
Annapolis, MD
 

Dr. Kelley Sullivan is a specialist in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. She works in Annapolis, MD and Chester, MD. Dr. Sullivan attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Her areas of expertise include the following: orthostatic hypotension, rheumatic heart disease, and cardiac risk reduction. Patient ratings for Dr. Sullivan average 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sullivan accepts. She is affiliated with MedStar Health. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Enlarged Heart, Bicuspid Aortic Valve ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
average rating 4.87 stars (117 ratings)
2002 Medical Parkway; Suite 500
Annapolis, MD
 

Dr. Lawrence Jacobs' specialties are adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. He practices in Annapolis, MD and Chester, MD. Dr. Jacobs's clinical interests include orthostatic hypotension, aortic disease, and heart failure. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Jacobs accepts. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jacobs is affiliated with MedStar Health. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Orthostatic Hypotension, Enlarged Heart, Mitral Regurgitation, Heart Valve Disease, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
average rating 4.86 stars (85 ratings)
2001 Medical Parkway; 4th Floor - Operating Room
Annapolis, MD
 

Dr. Jennifer Brown, who practices in Baltimore, MD and Annapolis, MD, is a medical specialist in adult cardiology. Dr. Brown's clinical interests include orthostatic hypotension, rheumatic heart disease, and cardiac risk reduction. Dr. Brown is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health. Dr. Brown is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Brown trained at the University of Maryland Medical Center for residency. Dr. Brown is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by Dr. Brown's patients. Dr. Brown accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Enlarged Heart, Bicuspid Aortic Valve ... (Read more)

Alexander Gilbert M.D.
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
average rating 4.72 stars (94 ratings)
888 Bestgate Road
Annapolis, MD
 

Dr. Alexander Gilbert's specialty is adult nephrology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gilbert include renal artery stenosis, polycystic kidney disease, and glomerulonephritis. Dr. Gilbert is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Before completing his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Gilbert attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans. Dr. Gilbert's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Pheochromocytoma, Nephrotic Syndrome, Renal Vascular ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
average rating 4.81 stars (141 ratings)
2002 Medical Parkway; Suite 500
Annapolis, MD
 

Dr. John Kennedy is an adult cardiologist and nuclear cardiology specialist. His areas of expertise include hypertension (high blood pressure) and echocardiogram (echo). Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kennedy is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kennedy obtained his medical school training at New York Medical College and performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Hypertension, Echocardiogram

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
average rating 4.79 stars (134 ratings)
2002 Medical Parkway; Suite 500
Annapolis, MD
 

Dr. Barbara Bean is an adult cardiologist in Annapolis, MD and Chester, MD. Dr. Bean's areas of expertise include the following: aortic valve regurgitation, pulmonary valve disease, and mitral valve prolapse. She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health. Before completing her residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Bean attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The average patient rating for Dr. Bean is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease, Hypertension, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Internal Medicine, Cardiology
average rating 4.91 stars (146 ratings)
2001 Medical Parkway; 4th Floor - Operating Room
Annapolis, MD
 

Dr. Valeriani Bead specializes in cardiology (heart disease) and practices in Annapolis, MD, Bowie, MD, and Baltimore, MD. Dr. Bead attended Drexel University College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Bead include orthostatic hypotension, rheumatic heart disease, and cardiac risk reduction. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Bead accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Rising Stars. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Health.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Enlarged Heart, Bicuspid Aortic Valve ... (Read more)

Specializes in Other, Cardiology
average rating 4.72 stars (109 ratings)
2001 Medical Parkway; 4th Floor - Operating Room
Annapolis, MD
 

Dr. Stephanie Jacobs is a cardiologist. On average, patients gave Dr. Jacobs a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jacobs include orthostatic hypotension, rheumatic heart disease, and cardiac risk reduction. She is affiliated with MedStar Health. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Jacobs attended Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , hypertension (high blood pressure)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Enlarged Heart, Bicuspid Aortic Valve ... (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.

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