Blood Pressure Treatments Leitchfield KY

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.

Muhammad Ahmad
(606) 218-3500
911 Bypass Rd
Pikeville, KY
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Arun Ummat
(502) 367-4500
1900 Bluegrass Ave
Louisville, KY
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Roy Glenn Bowling, MD
(502) 589-3173
201 Abraham Flexner Way
Louisville, KY
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1978

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Roland E Girardet, MD, FACC
(502) 454-9955
3121 Runnymede Rd
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Cardiology, Thoracic Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Rudolph F Licandro
(502) 893-7710
3900 Kresge Way
Louisville, KY
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Daniel Courtade
(859) 341-3015
380 Centre View Blvd
Crestview Hills, KY
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Kevin T Scully
(859) 277-5887
1720 Nicholasville Rd
Lexington, KY
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Michael R Recto
(502) 585-4802
601 S Floyd St
Louisville, KY
Specialty
Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology

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Dr.ARSHAD ALI
(606) 329-1997
2201 Lexington Ave # G10
Ashland, KY
Gender
M
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Armond Tevia Gordon, MD
(502) 587-8493
13 Chamberry Cir
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1945

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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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