Chronic Disease Specialist Andover MA

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.

David E Schwartz, MD
(978) 927-4110
77 Herrick St
Beverly, MA
Business
The Medical Group Inc
Specialties
Cardiology

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Richard Alan Goldman, MD
(978) 557-8900
203 Turnpike St
North Andover, MA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence, Ma
Group Practice: Pentucket Medical Assoc

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Harry Manning Curtis
(978) 688-2206
565 Turnpike St
North Andover, MA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Sunit Mukherjee, MD
(978) 975-2300
238 Sutton St
North Andover, MA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1989

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Lin Miao, MD
(978) 688-2206
565 Turnpike St
North Andover, MA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harbin Med Univ, Harbin, Heilongjian, China, (242-44 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1982

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H Coleman Kramer, MD
(617) 660-6000
115 Coachmans Ln
North Andover, MA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1956

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Sudarshaw Chatterjee, MD
(978) 975-0990
451 Andover St Ste G8
North Andover, MA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Sn Med Coll, Agra Univ, Agra, Up, India
Graduation Year: 1975

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Mahmoud Kowsari
(978) 687-2225
50 Prospect St
Lawrence, MA
Specialty
Cardiology

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Stephen James Galizio, MD
(978) 688-2206
565 Turnpike St Ste 75
North Andover, MA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1992

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Harry Manning Curtis, MD
(978) 688-2206
565 Turnpike St Ste 75
North Andover, MA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1979

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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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