Chronic Disease Specialist Denham Springs LA

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.

Jay Lynn Hollman, MD
(225) 761-5370
4412 Lake Lawford Ct
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1975

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Iqbal Ahmad
(225) 926-7200
16777 Medical Center Dr
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialty
Cardiology

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Larry James Hebert, MD
(225) 335-2662
13203 Berwick Ave
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1959

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Gerald S Berenson, MD
(504) 585-7197
12901 Jefferson Hwy Apt 212
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1945
Hospital
Hospital: Tulane Univ Hosp And Clinics, New Orleans, La; Southeast Louisiana Hosp, Mandeville, La
Group Practice: Tulane Pediatric Cardiology

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Jeffrey Dean Hyde, MD
(225) 216-7337
7623 Bocage Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1997

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Cordel Parris, MD
10842 Effringham Ave
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Charles Allen Thompson, MD
(225) 753-8686
17050 Medical Center Dr
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1993
Hospital
Hospital: Our Lady Of Lake Regional Med, Baton Rouge, La; Summit Hospital, Baton Rouge, La
Group Practice: Louisiana Cardiology Assoc

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Iqbal Ahmad, MD
(225) 926-7200
16777 Medical Center Dr
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Nishtar Med Coll, Bahuddin Zakaria Univ, Multan, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1966

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Derrick Wayne Spell
(225) 767-1311
4950 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Bahji Nadim Khuri
(225) 761-5200
9001 Summa Ave
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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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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