Chronic Disease Specialist Chanhassen MN

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.

Ted H Spooner, MD
(952) 993-3246
6500 Excelsior Blvd
St Louis Park, MN
Business
Park Nicollet Heart & Vascular Center
Specialties
Cardiology

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Dennis Wei-Xi Zhu, MD
(952) 470-5702
716 Lake Point Dr
Chanhassen, MN
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Szechwan Med Coll, Chengtu, China
Graduation Year: 1982

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Norma Louise Thiessen, MD
9007 Cold Stream Ln
Eden Prairie, MN
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: St George'S Univ, Sch Of Med, St George'S, Grenada
Graduation Year: 1998

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Stephen C Battista, MD
(952) 924-9005
9444 Olympia Dr
Eden Prairie, MN
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston, Houston Tx 77225
Graduation Year: 1985

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William Douglas Kimber, MD
(763) 520-2005
70 Gideons Point Rd
Excelsior, MN
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1969
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Hospital: North Memorial Med Ctr, Robbinsdale, Mn; Cumberland Mem Hosp & E C U, Cumberland, Wi
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Consultants Ltd

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Kamal Kumar Sahgal, MD
(952) 993-8250
6711 Pointe Lake Lucy
Chanhassen, MN
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kgs Med Coll, Univ Of Lucknow, Lucknow, Up, India
Graduation Year: 1963

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Marvin S Segal, MD
(952) 941-3546
Eden Prairie, MN
Specialties
Medical Management, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1962
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Hospital: Abbott Northwestern Hosp, Minneapolis, Mn

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Michael Richard Mooney, MD
(612) 863-6092
17995 Turtle Pt
Eden Prairie, MN
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1979

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Marvin S Segal, MD, FACC
(952) 941-3546
11062 Mount Curve Rd
Eden Prairie, MN
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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William Bert Nelson, MD
(952) 401-1935
75 Mound Ave
Excelsior, MN
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1993

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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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