Chronic Disease Specialist Hot Springs National Park AR

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.

Dr.Allam Alkowatli
(501) 625-3400
180 Medical Park Place #202
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Gender
M
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Hospital: Npmc
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Stanley S Josef, MD
(501) 624-6641
107 Whispering Hills St
Hot Springs, AR
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: St Josephs Regional Health Ctr, Hot Springs, Ar; National Park Med Ctr, Hot Springs, Ar
Group Practice: Central Arkansas Cardio Inst

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Bimlendra Sharma
(501) 623-1330
1 Mercy Ln
Hot Springs, AR
Specialty
Cardiology

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Jeff Geo Tauth, MD
200 Heartcenter Ln
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1990

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Dr.Frederick Heinemann
(501) 624-6641
200 Heartcenter Lane
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Gender
F
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Hospital: St. Joseph Hospital
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.5, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Allam Al Kowatli, MD
(501) 625-3400
180 Medical Park Pl Ste 102
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1989

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Jack Aldrich Cates II, MD
(501) 624-3376
1710 Malvern Ave
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Specialties
Dermatology, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Levi Hosp, Hot Springs, Ar; St Josephs Regional Health Ctr, Hot Springs, Ar; National Park Med Ctr, Hot Springs, Ar

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Bimlendra Sharma, MD
(501) 623-1330
1 Mercy Ln Ste 403
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kgs Med Coll, Univ Of Lucknow, Lucknow, Up, India
Graduation Year: 1960

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Michael A Frais
(501) 321-2513
301 W Saint Louis St
Hot Springs, AR
Specialty
Cardiology

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Thomas Bradford LeMay
(501) 624-6641
200 Heartcenter Ln
Hot Springs, AR
Specialty
Cardiology

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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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