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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.

Naveed Malik, MD
(985) 674-9500
537 Kentucky Ave Ste A
Bogalusa, LA
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Aga Khan Med Coll, Aga Khan Univ, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1991

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Richard Colon, MD
(985) 732-3689
537 Kentucky Ave Ste A
Bogalusa, LA
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1986

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Tchefuncte Cardiovascular Associates
(985) 732-1660
335 Austin St
Bogalusa, LA

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Dr.Gregory Tilton
(504) 455-0842
4224 Houma Blvd # 500
Metairie, LA
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Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans
Year of Graduation: 1978
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Cardiologist
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Ilyas Ahmad Chaudhry, MD
(318) 473-2443
501 Medical Center Dr Ste 250
Alexandria, LA
Specialties
Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: King Edward Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1975

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Ali Amkieh, MD
(985) 892-9233
433 Plaza St Fl 2
Bogalusa, LA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tichreen, Fac Of Med, Lattakia, Syria (Univ Latakia)
Graduation Year: 1987

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Rogelio Angeles Casama, MD
(985) 735-8382
2807 S Columbia Rd
Bogalusa, LA
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Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
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Male
Education
Medical School: Far Eastern Univ, Dr N Reyes Med Fndn Inst Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1962

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Naseem A Jaffrani, MD
(318) 473-4613
501 Medical Center Dr
Alexandria, LA
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Alexandria Cardiology Clinic
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Cardiology

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Basil Kasabali
(318) 631-6400
2727 Hearne Ave
Shreveport, LA
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Terry L Zellmer, MD
(504) 769-0933
5231 Brittany Dr
Baton Rouge, LA
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1984

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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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