Chronic Disease Specialist Fairmont 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.

Praphul Misra, MD
1322 Locust Ave
Fairmont, WV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kgs Med Coll, Univ Of Lucknow, Lucknow, Up, India
Graduation Year: 1990

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Paul A Alappat
(304) 599-8802
1325 Locust Ave
Fairmont, WV
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Russell F Miller, MD
(702) 735-7577
PO Box 9238
Morgantown, WV
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1951

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Subba Reddy Konda, MD
PO Box 9238
Morgantown, WV
Specialties
Cardiology, Vascular Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Mitchell Simon Finkel, MD
(304) 293-4096
Morgantown, WV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1979

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Pradeep Mohan Gupta, MD
(304) 623-3461
8604 Carriage Ln
Fairmont, WV
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Pbd Sharma Postgrad Inst M S, M Dayanand Univ, Rohtak, Haryana, India
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Louis A Johnson Vet Med Ctr, Clarksburg, Wv

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Saeed Ahmad, MD
(304) 366-5550
1000 Brookside Dr
Fairmont, WV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Nishtar Med Coll, Bahuddin Zakaria Univ, Multan, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1965

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Bradford Edgar Warden, MD
(304) 293-4096
PO Box 9157
Morgantown, WV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1994

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Harvinder S Dod
(304) 293-4096
Medical Center Dr
Morgantown, WV
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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Robert James Beto II, MD
(304) 293-4453
Medical Center Dr 4637 HSC
Morgantown, WV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
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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