Chronic Disease Specialist Buckhannon WV

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.

Stafford Gay Warren, MD
(304) 342-1184
3100 Maccorkle Ave SE Ste 709
Charleston, WV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1969

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Scott Edward Miller
(304) 346-1141
3100 Maccorkle Ave Se
Charleston, WV
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Gerardo Cancio Lopez, MD
(304) 622-2300
4 Hospital Plz Ste 210
Clarksburg, WV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1992

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Haven N Wall
(304) 645-6083
Rr 2 Box 171c
Lewisburg, WV
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Steven L McCormick
(304) 343-9923
2930 Chesterfield Ave
Charleston, WV
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Juan A Alicea
(304) 599-8802
213 Main Street
Elkins, WV
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Jesse Brian Jalazo
(304) 263-0913
1002 Sushruta Dr
Martinsburg, WV
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Ashok Kumar Patnaik, MD
(304) 235-2300
61 E 3rd Ave
Williamson, WV
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mkcg Med Coll, Berhampur Univ, Berhampur, Orissa, India
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Pikeville Methodist Hosp, Pikeville, Ky; Williamson A R H Hosp, S Williamson, Ky; St Francis Hospital, Charleston, Wv

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George William Shehl, MD
(304) 623-7682
100 Harrison St
Clarksburg, WV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1977

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Bradley J Richardson, MD
(304) 529-0483
1423 3rd Ave
Huntington, WV
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Marshall Univ Sch Of Med, Huntington Wv 25755
Graduation Year: 1993
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Hospital, Huntington, Wv

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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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