Chronic Disease Specialist Mishawaka IN

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.

Ajazuddin Z Shaikh, MD
(574) 259-2710
420 W 4th St
Mishawaka, IN
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Liaquat Med Coll, Univ Of Sind, Jamshoro, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1972

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Ronald D Nelson
(574) 234-9001
621 Memorial Dr
South Bend, IN
Specialty
Cardiology

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William Stewart Sarnat, MD
(574) 232-5928
837 Cedar St Ste 420
South Bend, IN
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1970

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Farid Jalinous, MD
(219) 232-5928
837 Cedar St Ste 420
South Bend, IN
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: St Josephs Med Ctr, South Bend, In
Group Practice: Midwest Medical Group Llc

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Sanjay Mohan Lall, MD
(574) 522-2284
837 Cedar St Ste 420
South Bend, IN
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1997

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Ajazuddin Z Shaikh, MD
(574) 259-2710
420 W 4th St Ste 202
Mishawaka, IN
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Liaquat Med Coll, Univ Of Sind, Jamshoro, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1969

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Ajazuddin Shaikh
(574) 232-5928
837 Cedar St
South Bend, IN
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Paul Frederick Howard, MD
(574) 232-5928
837 Cedar St Ste 420
South Bend, IN
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1970

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Mark Lee Smucker, MD
(219) 232-5928
837 Cedar St Ste 420
South Bend, IN
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1975

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Vinod Chauhan
(574) 234-9001
621 Memorial Dr
South Bend, IN
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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