Chronic Disease Specialist Belmont CA

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.

Bruce A Benedick, MD
(650) 617-8100
1950 University Ave
Palo Alto, CA
Business
Cardiovascular Medicine & Cardiac Arrhythmias
Specialties
Cardiology

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Roger S Spang, MD
(650) 687-5516
1300 Vista Grande
Millbrae, CA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa
Graduation Year: 1959

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Brad Gerard Angeja
(650) 259-5300
1720 El Camino Real
Burlingame, CA
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Hsiao Dee Lieu, MD
(650) 384-8754
2415 Hale Dr
Burlingame, CA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1996

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Arnold William Goldschlager
(650) 697-7643
1828 El Camino Real
Burlingame, CA
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Sunye Kwack, MD
(510) 204-1894
2450 Ashby Ave
Berkeley, CA
Business
Berkeley Pulmonary Medical Group
Specialties
Cardiology

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Lawrence C Siegel, MD
(650) 493-5000
PO Box 2094
Burlingame, CA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: V A Med Ctr, Palo Alto, Ca; Stanford Univ Hosp, Palo Alto, Ca

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Lawrence Donald Lenhart, MD
(650) 342-6687
39 N San Mateo Dr Ste 1
San Mateo, CA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1962

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Frederick S Watson
(650) 696-4100
100 S San Mateo Dr
San Mateo, CA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Michael Richard Taradash, MD
(415) 697-4195
1828 El Camino Real Ste 507
Burlingame, CA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1969

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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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