Chronic Disease Specialist Newberry SC

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.

Joseph A Manfredi
(864) 271-1444
712 Grove Rd
Greenville, SC
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Cardiology

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Thomas Edward Hearon III, MD
(803) 799-8798
1314 Adger Rd
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Providence Hospital, Columbia, Sc
Group Practice: Columbia Heart Clinic

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Dr.Wills Geils
(843) 571-2939
615 Wesley Dr # 320
Charleston, SC
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M
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1992
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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David Bowen Truluck
(843) 449-3381
945 82nd Pkwy
Myrtle Beach, SC
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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James Leroy Wells
(803) 534-3092
1595 Carolina Avenue
Orangeburg, SC
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Justin Fletcher Haynie
(803) 327-3456
197 Piedmont Blvd Ste 111
Rock Hill, SC
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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James William Phillips, MD
(803) 256-6511
1 Richland Medical Park Dr Ste 420
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sc Sch Of Med, Columbia Sc 29208
Graduation Year: 1995

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Mark A Mataosky
(843) 797-7700
3601 Ladson Rd Ste 100
Ladson, SC
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Dr.Mark Grabarczyk
(864) 235-7665
Innovation Drive
Greenville, SC
Gender
M
Speciality
Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Robert E Delphia Jr, MD
(803) 254-3278
2001 Laurel St
Columbia, SC
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Providence Hospital, Columbia, Sc
Group Practice: South Carolina Heart Ctr

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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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