Chronic Disease Specialist Alexander City AL

Most of the therapies I use draw on a combination of meditation ™, diet, herbs, massage, and behavioral changes. Here are some questions my patients with high blood pressure commonly ask.

Dr.Brian Foley
(334) 749-3411
3316 U.S. 280 #214
Alexander City, AL
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1990
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Hospital: East Alabama Med Ctr, Opelika, Al
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Basel Alrefai
(256) 212-9300
3368 Highway 280
Alexander City, AL
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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Kevin Leonard Sublett
(256) 234-2644
3368 Highway 280
Alexander City, AL
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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James Robert Cobb
(256) 825-7871
301 Mariarden Rd
Dadeville, AL
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine

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Andrew Grout Finlay Jr, MD
(256) 593-8114
PO Box 338
Albertville, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1963
Hospital
Hospital: Marshall Med Ctr South, Boaz, Al

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Kevin Leonard Sublett, MD
(256) 234-2644
125 Alison Dr Ste 8
Alexander City, AL
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1984

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Dr.JOSEPH DEERING
3316 U.S. 280 #214
Alexander City, AL
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M
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Joseph Arthur Deering, MD
(256) 749-8661
1559 2nd St
Alexander City, AL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1981

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Sublett, Kevin L, Md - Cardiology Of Central Alabama
(256) 234-2644
3368 Highway 280 Ste 130
Alexander City, AL

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John A Maloof, MD
(205) 838-3062
52 Medical Park East Dr Ste 300
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1956
Hospital
Hospital: Baptist Montclair Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al; Medical Center East, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Cardiology East

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Practitioner's Corner—About High Blood Pressure

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By Steele Belok, m.d.

The most common chronic disease in America is a stealthy one. Hypertension rarely announces itself with troublesome symptoms, but people who have it are at risk for many other health problems, including cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death. Despite this grim picture, high blood pressure is often preventable.

As for treatment, I’ve found that hypertension responds particularly well to Ayurvedic (a.k.a. Vedic) medicine. This 5,000-year-old healing system works by balancing three organizing principles, or doshas, in the body: vata (movement), pitta (energy and metabolism), and kapha (structure). According to Vedic medicine, imbalances in any of the three doshas can lead to hypertension, so treatment would depend on which ones are out of balance.

I’ve practiced Vedic medicine for 15 years and can detect imbalances among the doshas by feeling a patient’s pulse and taking a history of lifestyle and symptoms. Most of the therapies I use draw on a combination of transcendental meditation ™, diet, herbs, massage, and behavioral changes. Here are some questions my patients with high blood pressure commonly ask.

Q: My latest blood pressure reading was high. Can I bring it down by changing my diet?

A: Yes, but dietary approaches to controlling hypertension should be tailored to your individual balance of doshas, so it’s difficult to make a blanket statement about what constitutes the ideal diet. Most hypertensives have imbalances in vata, pitta, or both. A diet to calm the vata would include lots of sweet and sour foods, while one aimed at balancing the pitta would steer clear of spicy and oily food. I also recommend that anyone with hypertension eat mostly warm, freshly cooked foods, such as leafy greens and legume-based dishes like dal, and eat as few salty, fried, or heavy foods—like cheese and meat, for example—as possible.

Q: I know that reducing stress is crucial to controlling my blood pressure. What’s the best stress-busting technique?

A: Transcendental meditation is a terrific way to promote relaxation. It doesn’t require a specific diet and while the training can be costly, once you’ve learned the technique, it’s free. The benefits come by way of physiological effects such as slowing the respiratory rate and reducing production of the stress hormone cortisol. Calming these aspects of the stress response helps blood vessels relax and widen, which reduces pressure.

One study found that a group of African-Americans who practiced TM lowered their blood pressure by twice as much as a comparison group who used a progressive muscle relaxation technique. In fact, the TM group’s blood pressure dropped by the same amount one would expect to see if they had just begun taking medication. Eight years later, their mortality from cardiovascular disease was 67 percent lower than that of the other relaxation group, and 75 percent lower than that of a control group that received no relaxation training at a...

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