Chronic Disease Specialist Dunedin FL

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.

Blaine Heric, MD
(727) 446-2273
455 Pinellas St
Clearwater, FL
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Cardiac Surgical Associates
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Cardiology

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A-Hadi Ismail Hakki, MD
(727) 734-6207
601 Main St Ste 200
Dunedin, FL
Specialties
Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mosul, Coll Of Med, Mosul, Iraq
Graduation Year: 1970

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Raymond Danl Hansen Jr, MD
(727) 736-2513
1972 Bayshore Blvd
Dunedin, FL
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1968
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Hospital: Mease Hosp -Dunedin, Dunedin, Fl

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Raymond Danl Hansen, MD
(813) 736-2513
1972 Bayshore Blvd
Dunedin, FL
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1968

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Lee H Shields, MD, FACC
(727) 797-3689
2345 Colonial Ct
Dunedin, FL
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Kenneth C Sabatino, MD
(727) 445-1992
115 Shore Dr
Dunedin, FL
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Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1991

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Abdul Hamid Ismail Hakki, MD
(727) 441-8200
601 Main St
Dunedin, FL
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Baghdad, Coll Of Med, Baghdad, Iraq
Graduation Year: 1969

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Patrice Ann Moreno, MD
(727) 734-6787
601 Main St Ste 208
Dunedin, FL
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Female
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1978

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Patrice A Moreno
(727) 734-6787
601 Main St
Dunedin, FL
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Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Reynaldo F Mulingtapang, MD
(813) 259-0663
2883 Knollwood Ct
Clearwater, FL
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1983

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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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