Chronic Disease Specialist Midlothian VA

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.Shaival Kapadia
(804) 323-1804
13700 St Francis Blvd # 600
Midlothian, VA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1989
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Richard Gordon Lewis, MD
(804) 323-1804
11251 Buckhead Ter
Midlothian, VA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: Chippenham & Johnston-Willis H, Richmond, Va
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Associates

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Joe Mobley, MD
(804) 608-8037
8437 Hillcreek Dr
Midlothian, VA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Szabolcs Szentpetery, MD, FACC
(757) 622-2677
3431 Lady Marian Ct
Midlothian, VA
Specialties
Cardiology, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Alston Wilcox Blount, MD
(804) 288-3123
720 Farnham Dr
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1958
Hospital
Hospital: Bon Secours St Mary Hosp, Richmond, Va
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Associates

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Jerry W Pratt, MD, FACC
(804) 675-5403
14767 Rolling Spring Dr
Midlothian, VA
Specialties
Cardiology, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Dr.Mark Johns
(804) 560-8785
13572 Waterford Place
Midlothian, VA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1987
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.2, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Kevin M J Harvey, MD
(804) 739-4420
5306 Beechwood Point Ct
Midlothian, VA
Specialties
Family Practice, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Chippenham & Johnston-Willis H, Richmond, Va; Johnston-Willis Hospital, Richmond, Va
Group Practice: Physicians Of Family Medicine

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William Elisha Holland, MD
(804) 288-0061
2709 River Oaks Dr
Midlothian, VA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1962

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Mark Edward Johns, MD
(804) 560-8782
1570 Early Settlers Rd
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1987

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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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