Blood Pressure Treatments Muscatine IA

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.

Harry Roy Wallner, MD
(309) 788-4596
2525 24th St Ste 201
Rock Island, IL
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vrije Univ Brussel, Fac Van De Geneeskunde En De Farm, Brussel
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Trinity Med Ctr -West Campus, Rock Island, Il
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Medicine Pc

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Nicolas Wahib Shammas, MD
(319) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St Ste 300
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: American Univ Of Beirut, Fac Of Med, Beirut, Lebanon
Graduation Year: 1987

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Jon A Robken
(563) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St
Davenport, IA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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John Randolph Lewis, MD
(563) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St Ste 300
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Queens Univ, Fac Of Med, Kingston, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Illini Hosp, Silvis, Il; Genesis Med Ctr -East Campus, Davenport, Ia
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Medicine

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Kathleen Jeanne Keyes, MD
(563) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St Ste 300
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Genesis Med Ctr, Davenport, Ia
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Medicine

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Nicolas W Shammas
(563) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St
Davenport, IA
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine

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Prakash Reddy Bontu, MD
(563) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St Ste 300
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Rangaraya Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Kakinada, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Genesis Med Ctr, Davenport, Ia; Trinity Med Ctr North, Davenport, Ia
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Medicine

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Blair W Foreman
(563) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St
Davenport, IA
Specialty
Cardiology

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Eric James Dippel, MD
(563) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St Ste 300
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1993
Hospital
Hospital: Trinity Med Ctr -West Campus, Rock Island, Il
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Medicine

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Vijayaraghavan Rajendran, MD
(563) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St Ste 300
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Madras Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: St Mary Med Ctr, Galesburg, Il
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Medicine

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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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