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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.

Robert Craig Ripley, MD
(615) 832-8731
397 Wallace Rd Ste 216
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1973

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Jami Guilani Shakibi, MD
812 Cobble Cv
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Teheran Univ, Fac Of Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1964

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Steven S Humphrey
(615) 620-8020
395 Wallace Rd
Nashville, TN
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Cardiovascular Disease

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Jeffrey C Webber
(615) 342-5992
2400 Patterson St
Nashville, TN
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Thomas Philip Doyle, MD
(615) 322-7447
D-2220 Medical Center North,
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1987

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Nelson J Mangione, MD
(615) 832-8731
397 Wallace Rd Ste 216
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med, Tampa Fl 33612
Graduation Year: 1989

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Robert Craig Ripley
(615) 832-8731
397 Wallace Road
Nashville, TN
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Yugesh Kumar Jain, MD
(615) 832-6670
393 Wallace Rd Ste 201
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Maulana Azad Med Coll, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1980

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Dr.Byron Haitas
(615) 342-5955
2400 Patterson St. #304
Nashville, TN
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Medical School: Univ Of The Witwatersrand, Med Sch, Johannesburg
Year of Graduation: 1977
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Byron Haitas
(615) 342-5955
2400 Patterson Street
Nashville, TN
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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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