Blood Pressure Treatments Altus OK

The two fundamental interventions for normalizing blood pressure include weight loss, with a goal of getting the percentage of body fat below 20 percent, and a vigorous exercise program that includes at least three hours of aerobic activity and two hours of weight lifting or similar resistance exercises every week.

Joe LeVerett
(580) 480-3325
201 S Park Ln
Altus, OK
Specialty
Cardiology, Geriatric Medicine

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Edward Joseph Morris, MD
(918) 494-8500
6151 S Yale Ave Ste 400
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Ok
Group Practice: Cardiology Of Tulsa

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Rebecca Lynn Smith, MD
(918) 592-0999
1265 S Utica Ave Ste 300
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1994
Hospital
Hospital: Cushing Reg Hosp, Cushing, Ok
Group Practice: Oklahoma Heart Institute

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Dr.Matthew Kimberling
(918) 481-4600
6151 S Yale Ave # 2402
Tulsa, OK
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1994
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Hospital: St Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Ok
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.2, out of 5 based on 7, reviews.

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Mark Neil Harvey, MD
(405) 608-3800
4050 W Memorial Rd Fl 3
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Valley View Regional Hospital, Ada, Ok
Group Practice: Oklahoma Cardiovascular Associates

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John J Bartolozzi
(580) 242-5800
1218 W Willow Rd
Enid, OK
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Kasi V Raju Chekuri, MD
Edmond, OK
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Osmania Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1998

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Dr.Kent E. Ward
(405) 271-4411
1200 North Phillips Avenue #3900
Oklahoma City, OK
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston
Year of Graduation: 1979
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Hospital: Childrens Hosp Of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Ok
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Stanley P De Fehr, MD
(918) 331-2549
3400 E Frank Phillips Blvd Ste 502
Bartlesville, OK
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Jane Phillips Med Ctr, Bartlesville, Ok
Group Practice: Bluestem Medical Clinic

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Jeffrey Allen Crook, MD
(405) 329-0121
3812 Ridgeline Dr
Norman, OK
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Norman Regional Hospital, Norman, Ok
Group Practice: Norman Clinic Inc

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Ask the Doctor—Lower Blood Pressure

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My blood pressure has gradually increased over the last few years, and I’d like to avoid medication if possible. Can you recommend natural remedies?

If your average blood pressure is greater than 120/80 but less than 140/90, that qualifies you for the diagnosis of “prehypertension,” a condition that affects tens of millions of Americans. According to a recent expert consensus called the JNC-7, people in this category definitely need some form of intervention; otherwise they have a significantly elevated risk for heart attacks, congestive heart failure, strokes, or chronic kidney disease. The two fundamental interventions for normalizing blood pressure include weight loss, with a goal of getting the percentage of body fat below 20 percent, and a vigorous exercise program that includes at least three hours of aerobic activity and two hours of weight lifting or similar resistance exercises every week. Also, people with elevated blood pressure should restrict their consumption of salt, refined carbohydrates, and alcohol. They also should avoid smoking altogether, for many reasons.

In addition to avoiding unhealthy foods, you need to include certain essential nutrients in your diet. These must-haves include potassium (abundant in citrus fruits, melons, bananas, nuts, and figs) and magnesium (found in leafy green vegetables, seafood, whole grains, and nuts). Many people with elevated blood pressure also benefit from a magnesium supplement of 300 to 500 mg per day.

Another beneficial supplement, omega-3 fatty acids from cold-water fish, helps lower blood pressure. Excellent food sources include wild Pacific salmon and sardines—both of which are low in mercury and other toxins. In addition to eating these fish, I recommend taking a supplement in liquid or capsules that provides at least 2 to 3 grams per day of a combination of EPA and DHA, the two most beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. Fish oil works even better when combined with garlic. You can either try eating two to three raw cloves a day, or take 1 to 3 grams of a freeze-dried garlic powder in capsule form.

According to several medical studies, olive oil also helps lower blood pressure. It contains polyphenols, compounds known to decrease inflammation and increase the production of nitric oxide, a gaseous molecule that relaxes blood vessel walls. Polyphenols give extra virgin olive oil its pungent flavor, which explains why it’s the most powerful at lowering blood pressure.

In addition, olive leaves contain oleuropein, a chemical that has been shown to lower blood pressure. Extracts of olive leaf are typically available in 500 mg capsules; I recommend three to four capsules per day. I also recommend two other supplements, L-arginine, an amino acid, and folic acid, a B-complex vitamin. Like olive oil, both of these nutrients relax blood vessels by increasing nitric oxide production. The dose of L-arginine is 2 grams twice daily; folic acid can be taken in a daily dose of 1,000 mcg.

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