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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.

Rick L Jobski, MD
(847) 253-8050
1632 W Central Rd
Arlington Heights, IL
Business
Northwest Heart Specialtists SC
Specialties
Cardiology

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Mumtaz A Siddiqui, MD
(773) 257-6542
433 Victoria Ln
Glendale Heights, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Gov'T Med Coll, Marathwada Univ, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1983

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John James O'Hara Jr, MD
(610) 647-4260
640 E Saint Charles Rd
Carol Stream, IL
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1976

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J Michael Jasper, MD
(713) 302-4707
2999 Belle Ln
Schaumburg, IL
Specialties
Cardiology, Thoracic Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Sacred Heart Hosp Of Pensacola, Pensacola, Fl
Group Practice: Pensacola Cardiovascular Srgry

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David Joseph Hale, MD
(847) 981-3680
701 Biesterfield Rd
Elk Grove Village, IL
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1971

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Sunil Lulla, MD
(630) 852-0230
4121 Fairview Ave
Downers Grove, IL
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Midwest Cardiac Consultants
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Cardiology

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Tahir Muhammad Khokher, MD
(708) 799-5900
437 Victoria Ln
Glendale Heights, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Sind Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1989
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Hospital: St James Hosp And Health Ctr -, Olympia Flds, Il
Group Practice: Heart Care Centers Of Illinois

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Pragnesh Ghadvi, MD
1391 Lincolnshire Ct
Carol Stream, IL
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Yeong Ho Kim, MD
(847) 301-1212
455 S Roselle Rd Ste 207
Schaumburg, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chonnam Univ Med Sch, Kwangju, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1965

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Alvaro Montoya
(630) 789-2550
800 Biesterfield Rd
Elk Grove Village, IL
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Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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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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