Chronic Disease Specialist Sioux Falls SD

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.

Marian Petrasko, MD
(605) 328-2929
PO Box 5039
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Charles Univ V Praze, Fac Gen Med, Praha, Czechoslovakia
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: St Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Ok; Muskogee Reg Medctr, Muskogee, Ok
Group Practice: Muskogee Heart Ctr Inc

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Steven E Miller
(605) 274-6300
1727 S Cleveland Ave
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Lloyd E Solberg
(605) 328-2929
1305 W 18th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Sami M Awadallah
(605) 322-3666
1001 E 21st St
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialty
Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology

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Kevin James Vaska, MD
(605) 357-1362
3562 S Spencer Blvd
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sd Sch Of Med, Vermillion Sd, 57069
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Royal C Johnson Vets Mem Hosp, Sioux Falls, Sd
Group Practice: University Physicians Heart

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Sami Mohammed Awadallah, MD
(605) 333-7198
1001 E 21st St
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Jordan, Fac Of Med, Amman, Jordan
Graduation Year: 1982

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Tomasz Piotr Stys, MD
(605) 333-7305
1305 W 18th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Akademia Med W Warszawie, Warszawa, Poland
Graduation Year: 1994

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Dr.Steven Miller
(605) 274-6300
1727 South Cleveland Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1991
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Richard S Rigmaiden, MD
(605) 357-1430
1400 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Robert Cochran Talley, MD
(605) 357-1309
Health Science Center 1400 W 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1962

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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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