Blood Pressure Treatments Palm Harbor FL

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.

Blaine Heric, MD
(727) 446-2273
455 Pinellas St
Clearwater, FL
Business
Cardiac Surgical Associates
Specialties
Cardiology

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Juan C Vila, MD
(727) 817-0434
3890 Tampa Rd Ste 407
Palm Harbor, FL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1991

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Seyed-Taher Parvizi, MD
(727) 789-3131
2167 Pinnacle Cir N
Palm Harbor, FL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ruprecht-Karl-Univ, Med Fak, Heidelberg, Germany (407-10 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1986

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Norman Stewart Abbott, MD
(727) 787-4875
2626 Tampa Rd Ste 104
Palm Harbor, FL
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Este (Uce), Esc De Med, San Pedro De MacOris
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Mease Hosp -Dunedin, Dunedin, Fl; Helen Ellis Mem Hosp, Tarpon Spgs, Fl
Group Practice: Palm's Heart Ctr

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James I Thompson, MD, FACC
1770 Lago Vista Blvd
Palm Harbor, FL
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Norman Stwart Abbott
(727) 787-4875
2626 Tampa Rd
Palm Harbor, FL
Specialty
Cardiology

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Rene Eduardo Kunhardt, MD
(727) 817-0434
3890 Tampa Rd Ste 407
Palm Harbor, FL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Nac'L Pedro Henriquez Urena, Esc De Med, Santo Domingo, Dom Rep
Graduation Year: 1977

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Carlos Juan Bayron, MD
(727) 817-0434
3890 Tampa Rd Ste 407
Palm Harbor, FL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Caribe Sch Of Med, Bayamon Pr 00621
Graduation Year: 1980

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Harry Bayron, MD
(561) 844-9858
3890 Tamps Rd Sutie 407
Palm Harbor, FL
Specialties
Cardiology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Good Samaritan Med Ctr, West Palm Bch, Fl; St Marys Med Ctr, West Palm Bch, Fl; Palms West Hosp, Loxahatchee, Fl
Group Practice: Associates IN Pediatric Card

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David Lebo Taylor, MD
(727) 772-6005
Oldsmar, FL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1955

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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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