Chronic Disease Specialist Lisle IL

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.

Sunil Lulla, MD
(630) 852-0230
4121 Fairview Ave
Downers Grove, IL
Business
Midwest Cardiac Consultants
Specialties
Cardiology

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Enas Anakkallumkel Enas, MD
(630) 961-0279
1935 Green Trails Dr
Lisle, IL
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Other
Education
Medical School: Med Coll, Calicut Univ, Calicut, Kerala, India
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Advocate Good Samaritan Hosp, Downers Grove, Il; Edward Hosp, Naperville, Il
Group Practice: Advanced Heart & Lipid Clinic

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Yukhol Lertsburapa, MD
(630) 983-4965
PO Box 8043
Woodridge, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mahidol Univ-Siriraj Hosp, Fac Of Med, Bangkok, Thailand
Graduation Year: 1966

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Michael A Colandrea, MD
(708) 719-4799
3825 Highland Ave
Downers Grove, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1964

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Mehmet S Gulecyuz
(630) 527-2724
120 Spalding Drive Suite 200
Naperville, IL
Specialty
Pediatric Cardiology

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Rick L Jobski, MD
(847) 253-8050
1632 W Central Rd
Arlington Heights, IL
Business
Northwest Heart Specialtists SC
Specialties
Cardiology

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Tarek Saad Husayni, MD
(708) 346-5580
4151 Naperville Rd
Lisle, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Madrid, Fac De Med, Madrid, Spain
Graduation Year: 1975

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Timothy James Larkin
(630) 527-2730
801 S Washington St
Naperville, IL
Specialty
Cardiology

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Sunil B Lulla, MD
(630) 852-0230
4121 Fairview Ave Ste 103
Downers Grove, IL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Grant Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1980

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Andrew Roger Barksdale
(630) 324-7929
2650 Warrenville Rd Ste 280
Downers Grove, IL
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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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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