Blood Pressure Treatments Calexico CA

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.

Alicia Montanez, MD
(760) 235-8015
337 E 1st St Apt 20323
Calexico, CA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Baja California, Esc De Med, Mexicali, Baja Calif Norte
Graduation Year: 1995

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Jose M Rocamora
(760) 353-5934
1550 Pepper Dr
El Centro, CA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Vachaspathi Palakodeti
(760) 355-8300
516 West Aten Road
Imperial, CA
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Gisela C Okonski, MD
(530) 244-3278
1355 East St
Redding, CA
Business
Northern Heart & Vascular
Specialties
Cardiology

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Lisa Matzer
(818) 840-9200
2121 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA
Business
Lisa Matzer, M.D., a Professional Corporation
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Preventive Health
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, United, Medicare, Healthcare Partners, Pacific Care, Motion Picture, and many other insurances
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No
Emergency Care: No

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Providence St. Joseph Burbank
Residency Training: Cedars Sinai
Medical School: Yale University, 1988
Additional Information
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish

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Athar Masood Ansari
(760) 353-3222
790 W Orange Ave
El Centro, CA
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Jose M Rocamora, MD
(760) 353-5933
1550 Pepper Dr
El Centro, CA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Buenos Aires, Fac De Med, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Graduation Year: 1961
Hospital
Hospital: Pioneers Memorial Hosp, Brawley, Ca
Group Practice: Abdelnur-Rocamora Medical Grp

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Vachaspathi Palakodeti, MD
(760) 355-8300
612 S J St
Imperial, CA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Gandhi Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1987

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Mark A Winchester, MD
(916) 733-1788
5301 F St
Sacramento, CA
Business
Northern California Cardiology Associates
Specialties
Cardiology

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Sunye Kwack, MD
(510) 204-1894
2450 Ashby Ave
Berkeley, CA
Business
Berkeley Pulmonary Medical Group
Specialties
Cardiology

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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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