Chronic Disease Specialist Leitchfield KY

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.

Mark Daniel Lineberry, MD
(270) 538-5500
1532 Lone Oak Rd Ste 415
Paducah, KY
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Trigg County Hosp, Cadiz, Ky
Group Practice: Cardiology Assocs Paducah Psc

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Prabodh Manubhai Mehta, MD
(502) 765-5921
916 Woodland Dr
Elizabethtown, KY
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Seth G S Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1982

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Dr.Anis Chalhoub
(606) 864-5936
1406 W 5th St # 300
London, KY
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: St JosephS Univ, Fac Of Med, Beirut
Year of Graduation: 1985
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Tullio Emanuele, MD
(270) 842-7272
1325 Andrea St Ste 101
Bowling Green, KY
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Cattol De Sacro Cuore, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Roma, Italy
Graduation Year: 1982

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Reda A Ibrahim El Shiekh, MD
(270) 769-2929
PO Box 6130
Elizabethtown, KY
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cairo, Fac Of Med, Cairo, Egypt (330-02 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1982

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Marc Briere, MD
803 Meyers Baker Rd
London, KY
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Montreal, Fac De Med, Montreal, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1984

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William Richard Wrightson
(502) 287-6804
800 Zorn Ave
Louisville, KY
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Ralph Francis Huller
(859) 341-0288
2900 Chancellor Dr
Crestview Hills, KY
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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Rajeev D Srivastava, MD
(205) 934-0825
6420 Dutchmans Pkwy Ste 200
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1993

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Chris Walters, MD
(859) 323-3000
441 Henry Clay Blvd
Lexington, KY
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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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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