Chronic Disease Specialist Hastings NE

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.

Atul Aggarwal, MD
(402) 461-5064
715 N Kansas Ave Ste 200
Hastings, NE
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dayanand Med Coll, Punjab Univ, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Graduation Year: 1991
Hospital
Hospital: Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings, Ne
Group Practice: Nebraska Heart Institute

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Atul A Aggarwal
(402) 489-6555
715 North Kansas Ave, Suite 302
Hastings, NE
Specialty
Cardiology

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Jeffrey M Mahoney, MD
(402) 572-3300
6901 N 72nd St
Omaha, NE
Business
Heart Consultants PC
Specialties
Cardiology

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Mark Jeffrey Holmberg, MD
(402) 280-4566
3006 Webster St
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1987

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Daniel H Mathers Jr, MD
(406) 782-9132
Dept Of Cardiology
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Shelby County Myrtue Mem Hosp, Harlan, Ia

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George L Welch, MD
303 W Lochland Rd
Hastings, NE
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Chaudhuri, Pradipta, Md - Nebraska Heart Institute
(402) 461-5064
715 N Kansas Ave Ste 302
Hastings, NE

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Mohammed A Quader
(402) 559-9800
988095 Nebraska Medical Ctr
Omaha, NE
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Steven Leslie Martin, MD
(402) 489-6554
1500 S 48th St Ste 800
Lincoln, NE
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Bryan Mem Hosp, Lincoln, Ne; Community Hosp, Mc Cook, Ne
Group Practice: Nebraska Heart Institute Pc

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Dr.Scott Fletcher
(402) 955-4350
8200 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1987
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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