Blood Pressure Treatments Ashburn VA

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.

Richard Hart, MD
(703) 241-1010
6400 Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA
Business
MSG of NOVA
Specialties
Cardiology

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Devanhalli Ramaswamy, MD
(703) 433-5000
21495 Ridgetop Cir Ste 102
Sterling, VA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Hindi, Other
Education
Medical School: Bangalore Med Coll, Bangalore Univ, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1961
Hospital
Hospital: Loudoun Hospital Center, Leesburg, Va

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Robert Alan Shor, MD
(703) 453-8047
11211 Bright Pond Ln
Reston, VA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sc Sch Of Med, Columbia Sc 29208
Graduation Year: 1982

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Subash Bansi Bazaz, MD
(703) 281-1265
10864 Hunter Gate Way
Reston, VA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1996

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Nabil Jazayerli, MD
(703) 689-9860
11800 Sunset Hills Rd Apt 1208
Reston, VA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1970

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DeVanhalli Ramaswamy
(703) 433-5000
21495 Ridgetop Cir Ste 102
Sterling, VA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Michael A Corrado, MD
(703) 450-5111
21400 Potomac View Rd
Sterling, VA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1952
Hospital
Hospital: Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Va

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Getu Assefa, MD
(202) 674-9331
25499 Dabner Dr
Chantilly, VA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Sofia Med Academy, Fac Of Med, Sofia, Bulgaria
Graduation Year: 1989

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Robert A Shor
(703) 437-5977
1860 Town Center Dr
Reston, VA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Dr.Young Park
(703) 641-9161
1830 Town Center Drive
Reston, VA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1997
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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