Blood Pressure Treatments Red Wing MN

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.

Zona Ellen Mc Kenzie, MD
Red Wing, MN
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1987

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Ted H Spooner, MD
(952) 993-3246
6500 Excelsior Blvd
St Louis Park, MN
Business
Park Nicollet Heart & Vascular Center
Specialties
Cardiology

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Thomas Erling Kottke, MD
(612) 580-0153
571 Otis Ave
Saint Paul, MN
Specialties
Cardiology, Public Health And General Preventive Medecine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1974

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Shamane Kimara March
(507) 284-2511
200 1st St Sw
Rochester, MN
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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Hugh Cadham Smith, MD
(507) 266-4861
200 First St SW
Rochester, MN
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Manitoba, Fac Of Med, Winnipeg, Man, Canada
Graduation Year: 1965

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Zona Ellen McKenzie, MD
N270 325th St
Maiden Rock, WI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1987

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Arashk Motiei
(507) 284-2511
200 1st St Sw
Rochester, MN
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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Clarence Shub, MD
(507) 284-4045
1425 20th St SW
Rochester, MN
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Hospital Of Rochester, Rochester, Mn; Rochester Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Mn
Group Practice: Mayo Clinic

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Michael R Mooney
(612) 775-3030
800 E 28th St
Minneapolis, MN
Specialty
Cardiology

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James Donahue, MD
(507) 284-3304
200 1st St SW
Rochester, MN
Specialties
Cardiology, Vascular Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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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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