Blood Pressure Treatments Overland Park KS

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.

Karina Michelle Carlson, MD
5808 W 110th St
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1998

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Stephanie Lu Lawhorn, MD
(913) 491-1000
12330 Metcalf Ave Ste 280
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Childrens Mercy South, Overland Park, Ks
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Consultants

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Robert Lee Herman, MD
(913) 588-9600
13011 Windsor Cir
Leawood, KS
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish, Other, Polish
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: University Of K S Med Ctr, Kansas City, Ks; Liberty Hospital, Liberty, Mo; Baptist Med Ctr, Kansas City, Mo
Group Practice: K U Med Ctr

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John Eric Peterson, MD
(816) 753-0155
11509 Pawnee Cir
Shawnee Mission, KS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1984

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James Edward Hulse III, MD
5520 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1985

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Dr.Bernard Levi
(913) 894-9015
5701 W 119th St # 430
Leawood, KS
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch
Year of Graduation: 1972
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Robert Tian-Run Tung, MD
(816) 523-4525
5005 W 128h St
Leawood, KS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo-Kansas City Sch Of Med, Kansas City Mo 64108
Graduation Year: 1985

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Stepehn A Bloom
(913) 253-3000
5701 W 119th St
Overland Park, KS
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Dr.Daniel Scharf
(913) 894-9015
5701 W 119th St # 430
Leawood, KS
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll
Year of Graduation: 1970
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Stephen Allen Bloom, MD
(913) 253-3000
5701 W 119th St Ste 430
Shawnee Mission, KS
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ct Sch Of Med, Farmington Ct 06032
Graduation Year: 1981

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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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