Hari Polavarapu, MD -  - Internist

HP Medical PC

Hari Polavarapu, MD

Internist & Primary Care Physician located in New York, NY

Hypertension Specialist

If left untreated, hypertension can cause complications such as heart disease and stroke. Dr. Hari Polavarapu of HP Medical PC in Brooklyn, New York, is an internal medicine specialist who creates personalized treatment plans that control your blood pressure and help prevent the serious medical conditions associated with long-term hypertension. Call or contact the office today via their online service to schedule your appointment.

Hypertension

by Hari Polavarapu, MD

What is hypertension?

Blood pressure measures the force with which your blood moves through and pushes against the walls of your arteries. Calculated as two numbers (120/80), the systolic or upper number represents the pressure your arteries experience when your heart beats. The diastolic or lower number calculates the force occurring when your heart rests between beats. When your blood pressure is consistently high, you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

What does high blood pressure do?

The strain hypertension places on your arteries can damage the blood vessel walls over time, causing them to become less elastic and thicker than normal. This decreases necessary blood flow to your organs. The longer your elevated blood pressure goes untreated, the more damage it causes. High blood pressure may cause:  

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Loss of kidney function
  • Vision loss

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

Even at very high levels, people with elevated blood pressure typically have few symptoms. Some people may experience headaches or nosebleeds, but these symptoms are rare and don’t usually occur until your blood pressure reaches a life-threatening level.

What should my blood pressure be?

Any blood pressure reading above 120/80 is considered higher than normal. However, because blood pressure can fluctuate, often increasing with stress and illness, Dr. Polavarapu may check your blood a few times over the course of several weeks to determine whether your blood pressure is consistently high.

Doctors also categorize hypertension into different stages:

  • Prehypertension includes blood pressures of 120–139/80–89
  • Stage 1 hypertension includes blood pressures of 140–159/90–99
  • Stage 2 hypertension includes blood pressures of 160+/100+

What is the treatment for hypertension?

The most effective treatment plan for hypertension is multifaceted and includes:

  • Weight loss when necessary
  • Diet modifications
  • Increased physical activity

Other lifestyle changes known to decrease blood pressure include:

  • Stress reduction
  • Decreased alcohol intake
  • Smoking cessation

When lifestyle changes alone aren’t enough to return your blood pressure to a safe level, Dr. Polavarapu may recommend medication. Blood pressure medications include diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide that help with water retention and decrease sodium levels in your body.

Other medications such as beta-blockers (atenolol) open your blood vessels and cause your heart to beat slower and less forcefully.  Sometimes it takes a combination of medications to effectively reduce your blood pressure.  

Major Insurances Accepted

At the office of HP Medical PC, we accept most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you have any questions. It is the patient's responsibility to ensure eligibility. If you are a new patient and your insurance plan requires you to select a PCP, please do so before you come to the office. Dr. Polavarapu must be listed as your PCP in order to be seen. If you are participating in an Affordable Care Act Plan (aka Gold, Silver, etc), and have a deductible that has not been met, HP Medical PC policy requires you leave a $100 deposit. Should the insurance company remit the payment for your visit, the deposit will be refunded to you.

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Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. Polavarapu made me feel comfortable- I didn't feel like I was being rushed. He was very thorough and knowledgeable."

    Anne B.
  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. P has been my doctor for years, he always takes his time to listen and cares. I highly recommend him."

    Raymond B.
  • Healthgrades

    "I found the doctor to be really helpful. Dr Polavarapu addressed my health concerns and the staff was helpful in coordinating all my care."

    Christina S.
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    "Excellent Doctor, wonderful bedside manner!"

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76 Manhattan Ave., 1st Floor
New York, NY 11206
Phone: 347-335-0305
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