Blood Pressure Treatments Savage 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.

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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Fred Mingchieh Wu, MD
(612) 273-3000
8861 James Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1999

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Jackson L Thatcher, MD
(952) 993-3246
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med, Tampa Fl 33612
Graduation Year: 1982

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Brian Ip
(952) 924-9005
6405 France Ave S
Edina, MN
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Tushar Vora
(952) 924-9005
6405 France Ave S
Edina, MN
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Luis A Pagan Carlo, MD
(612) 863-3900
15149 Aquila Ave
Savage, MN
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1991
Hospital
Hospital: Queen Of Peace Hospital, New Prague, Mn
Group Practice: Minneapolis Heart Institute At Abbott Northwestern Ctr; Minneapolis Heart Institute At Abbott Northwestern Hospital

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Robert O Brandenburg, MD, MACC
(952) 830-9816
8102 Highwood Dr Apt B108
Bloomington, MN
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Valerie Kay Ulstad, MD
(612) 873-2875
10551 Morgan Ave S
Bloomington, MN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Veterans Affairs Med Ctr, Saint Cloud, Mn
Group Practice: Allina Medical Clinic St Peter Office

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Karl William Foster Smith, MD
6405 France Ave S
Edina, MN
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Coll Of Galway, Nat'L Univ Of Ireland, Fac Of Med, Galway
Graduation Year: 1985

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Candace Delite Dick, MD
(612) 347-2875
6405 France Ave S
Edina, MN
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1983

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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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