Blood Pressure Treatments Kenner LA

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.

Waseem Muhammad Jaffrani, MD
50 Schill Ave
Kenner, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Sind Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1997

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Shannon Paul Starr
(504) 471-2750
200 W Esplanade Ave
Kenner, LA
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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Bahram Zamanian, MD
(504) 464-8738
200 W Esplanade Ave Ste 701
Kenner, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Teheran Univ, Fac Of Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1967

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Sergio E Schabelman
(504) 305-3500
200 W Esplanade Ave
Kenner, LA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Mohammed Azam Hadi, MD
(504) 471-2757
200 W Esplanade Ave
Kenner, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Armed Forces Med Coll, Univ Of Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1995

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Glenn Michael Johnson, MD
(504) 821-8158
1 Chateau Magdelaine Dr
Kenner, LA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Touro Infirmary, New Orleans, La
Group Practice: Canal Street Cardiology Assoc

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Bekir H Melek, MD
(504) 988-5049
1344 W Esplanade Ave Apt R
Kenner, LA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Istanbul Univ, Istanbul Tip Fak, Istanbul, Turkey
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Tulane Univ Hosp And Clinics, New Orleans, La; Veterans Affairs Med Ctr, New Orleans, La
Group Practice: Tulane Faculty Practice Plan T Ulane Univ Health Sciences Ct

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Gregory R Vorhoff
(504) 305-3500
200 W Esplanade Ave
Kenner, LA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Lewis A Siegel, MD
(504) 464-8656
200 W Esplanade Ave Ste 405
Kenner, LA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Memorial Med Ctr -Baptist Cam, New Orleans, La; Kenner Reg Med Ctr, Kenner, La
Group Practice: Siegel Vorhoff Rushing Med Crp

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Ciro R Cerrato
(504) 465-0115
3814 Williams Blvd
Kenner, LA
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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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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