Blood Pressure Treatments Lees Summit MO

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.

Lillard G Ashley Jr, MD
(816) 525-1600
600 NW Murray Rd Ste 108
Lees Summit, MO
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Lees Summit Hospital, Lees Summit, Mo
Group Practice: Kansas City Cardiology

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Gerald Bedford Lee, MD
(816) 472-8383
13413 E 51st St
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1958

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Steve Bormann, MD
(813) 588-6015
4600 E 114th Ter
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Carl David Akin
(816) 461-6837
19550 E 39th St S
Independence, MO
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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James Elias Sear, MD
(816) 523-4525
6420 Prospect Ave Ste T509
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1983

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Anthony A Albracht, MD
(816) 753-0155
203 NW R D Mize Rd Ste 200
Blue Springs, MO
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: University Of K S Med Ctr, Kansas City, Ks
Group Practice: Clinical Cardiovascular Associates

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Mukesh Garg, MD
(816) 218-2500
801 Street Mary's Drive South
Blue Springs, MO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Gov'T Med Coll, Punjabi Univ, Patiala, Punjab, India
Graduation Year: 1984

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Robert E Tanenbaum
(816) 795-9716
19550 E 39th St S
Independence, MO
Specialty
General Practice, Cardiology, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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David Richard Blick
(816) 523-4525
6420 Prospect St
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Cardiology

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Dilip H Patel, MD
(816) 540-2111
1601 N State Route 7
Pleasant Hill, MO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Topiwala Nat'L Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1976

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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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