Chronic Disease Specialist Marcus Hook PA

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.

Stanley R. Berger
(215) 471-1817
5249 Cedar Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
Specialties
Cardiology

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Damian John Cornacchia, DO
(215) 595-6480
Marcus Hook, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1984

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Joel Arnold Krackow, MD
(610) 876-2400
One Med Ctr Blvd Ste 224 Prof Office Bldg 2
Chester, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Crozer-Chester Med Ctr, Chester, Pa; Taylor Hospital, Ridley Park, Pa
Group Practice: Cardiology Consultants Of Philadelphia

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Rose M Lee Dorn, DO
(610) 876-2400
One Medical Ctr Blvd Ste 224 POB II
Chester, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1993

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David Kleinman
(610) 876-2400
1 Medical Center Blvd
Chester, PA
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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Wayne V Arnold DO
(610) 667-2746
15 N Presidential Blvd
Bala Cynwyd, PA
Specialties
Cardiology

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Roger Delbert Sutton, MD
(215) 590-1000
17 Linda Ln
Aston, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1960

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Robert David Mishalove
(610) 876-2400
1 Medical Center Blvd
Chester, PA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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R David Mishalove, MD, FACC
(610) 876-2400
15th St & Upland Ave Prof Ofc Bldg II Ste 224
Chester, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Peter Gay Lavine, MD
(610) 876-2400
1 Medical Center Blvd Bldg II Ste 224
Chester, PA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Crozer-Chester Med Ctr, Chester, Pa
Group Practice: Cardiology Assoc Of De County Med Office Bldg; Cardiology Consultants Of Philadelphia

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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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