Chronic Disease Specialist Overland Park KS

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.

Steven Barry Gollub, MD
(913) 588-6015
10224 Catalina St
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1978

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Daniel Louis Scharf, MD
(913) 345-3615
5721 W 119th St Ste 160
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1970

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Robert Lee Herman, MD
(913) 588-9600
13011 Windsor Cir
Leawood, KS
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish, Other, Polish
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: University Of K S Med Ctr, Kansas City, Ks; Liberty Hospital, Liberty, Mo; Baptist Med Ctr, Kansas City, Mo
Group Practice: K U Med Ctr

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Kenneth Robert Kreisler, MD
(913) 588-6670
5810 W 125th St
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nv Sch Of Med, Reno Nv 89557
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: University Of K S Med Ctr, Kansas City, Ks
Group Practice: Kansas University Anesthesiology Foundation; Kansas University Physicians Inc; University Health Associates

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Peter H Park
(913) 253-3000
5701 W 119th St
Overland Park, KS
Specialty
Cardiology

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James J Harbrecht
(913) 588-9400
10100 W 119th St
Overland Park, KS
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Lee Vincent Giorgi, MD
(816) 931-1883
3985 W 101st Ter
Shawnee Mission, KS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: St Lukes Hospital, Kansas City, Mo
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Consultants Inc

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Richard Paul Brown, MD
(913) 780-4900
12500 Alhambra St
Shawnee Mission, KS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1992

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Jaime T Calderon, MD
(913) 788-7099
11708 Brookwood Ave
Leawood, KS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Nac De Colombia, Fac De Med, Bogota, Colombia
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Bethany Med Ctr, Kansas City, Ks
Group Practice: Gentry & Shead

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Steven Joel Kernis, MD
(816) 941-7727
13205 Falmouth St
Leawood, KS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1997

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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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