Chronic Disease Specialist New Castle 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.

Cloyd L Dye, MD
(765) 836-4357
984 E Lake Crest Ave
New Castle, IN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 4620
Graduation Year: 1959

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Richard Bruce Wenzler, MD
(317) 840-8376
PO Box 423
Zionsville, IN
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1981

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Richard Putnam Gripe, MD
(765) 463-9720
2742 Westminster Dr
West Lafayette, IN
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1943

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Joseph S Ladowski
(260) 436-2424
7910 W Jefferson Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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George John Grcevich
(219) 874-1400
1000 Washington St
Michigan City, IN
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Cloyd Leroy Dye
(765) 521-1505
1000 N 16th St
New Castle, IN
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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John C Lopshire, MD
Indianapolis, IN
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 2001

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Ray Sawaqed
(219) 769-7800
8687 Connecticut St
Merrillville, IN
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Ronald David Nelson, MD
(574) 234-9001
621 Memorial Dr Ste 502
South Bend, IN
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 60612
Graduation Year: 1974

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Abdul Kawamleh
(219) 738-2724
8895 Broadway
Merrillville, IN
Specialty
Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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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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