Chronic Disease Specialist Big Rapids MI

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.

Kris Warszawski MD
(734) 522-9800
2011 Middlebelt Rd
Garden City, MI
Specialties
Cardiology

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John F Collins, MD
(989) 754-3000
1015 S Washington Ave
Saginaw, MI
Business
Michigan Cardiovascular Institute
Specialties
Cardiology

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Shukri W David, MD, FACC
(248) 552-9858
22250 Providence Dr Ste 705
Southfield, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Bashar Samman, MD
(810) 985-9681
1222 10th Ave
Port Huron, MI
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Hospital, Port Huron, Mi; Port Huron Hospital, Port Huron, Mi; St John River District Hospita, East China, Mi
Group Practice: Cardiology Associates Of Port Huron P C

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Gowdagere Srinath
(313) 745-1086
3901 Beaubien St
Detroit, MI
Specialty
Pediatric Cardiology

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Joseph Naoum, MD
(586) 465-1326
133 S Main St
Mount Clemens, MI
Business
Internal Medicine Associates
Specialties
Cardiology

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Narayana Reddi Nandalur, MD
(810) 263-9600
16100 19 Mile Rd Ste 300
Clinton Township, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kurnool Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Kurnool, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1970

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Omar Bakr, MD
(810) 603-0170
9383 Burning Tree Dr
Grand Blanc, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1981

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Anand Paritosh Cholia, MD
3129 Trappers Cove Trl Apt 3B
Lansing, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Grant Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1994

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Mark David Cowan, MD
(906) 225-3870
1414 W Fair Ave Ste 334
Marquette, MI
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Marquette General Hospital, Marquette, Mi
Group Practice: Upper Michigan Cardiovascular Marquette Medical Center

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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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