Blood Pressure Treatments Chickasha 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 Thomas Bledsoe, MD
(405) 224-2100
215 Willowcreek Rd
Chickasha, OK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1959
Hospital
Hospital: Grady Memorial Hospital, Chickasha, Ok
Group Practice: Five Oaks Medical Group

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Joe T Bledose
(405) 779-2874
2220 W Iowa Ave
Chickasha, OK
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Robert Haas
(918) 744-6966
1923 E 21st St
Tulsa, OK
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Randolph Cohen
(918) 747-5040
2000 S Wheeling Ave
Tulsa, OK
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Mary Leslie Oberst, MD
(450) 340-2121
4050 W Memorial Rd Fl 3
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1994

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Timothy Hale Cook, MD
(405) 224-2100
2100 W Iowa Ave
Chickasha, OK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Grady Memorial Hospital, Chickasha, Ok
Group Practice: Five Oaks Medical Group

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Rex E Stockard, MD
(405) 248-0465
4417 W Gore Blvd Ste 13
Lawton, OK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1965
Hospital
Hospital: Comanche County Mem Hosp, Lawton, Ok

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Thomas John McGarry, MD
(312) 695-4965
4050 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1988

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Galen P Robbins, MD, FACC
(405) 945-3116
3433 NW 56th St Ste 400
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Charles D Bodine, MD
(405) 848-2259
6903 N Country Club Dr
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1943
Hospital
Hospital: Integris Baptist Med Ctr, Oklahoma City, Ok
Group Practice: Bodine Clinic

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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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