Chronic Disease Specialist Winter Springs FL

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.

John C Chow
(407) 831-7818
616 E Altamonte Dr
Altamonte Springs, FL
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Khalid Yaqoob
(407) 767-8200
450 W State Road 434
Longwood, FL
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Wasim Ahmar
(407) 767-8200
450 W State Road 434
Longwood, FL
Specialty
Cardiology

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Jorge Gomez-Amador, MD
(407) 767-2923
1385 W State Road 434 Ste 206
Longwood, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Nac De Colombia, Fac De Med, Bogota
Graduation Year: 1963

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Arthur S Raptoulis
(407) 647-4890
557 N Wymore Rd
Maitland, FL
Specialty
Pediatric Cardiology

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Jihad Bitar, MD, FACC
(407) 804-9199
515 W State Road 434 Ste 301
Longwood, FL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Hubert Ogan Garcia, MD
(607) 247-2230
Apt 203 300 W Airport Blvd
Sanford, FL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cebu Inst Of Med, Cebu City, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1989

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Wasim Ahmar, MD
515 W State Road 434
Longwood, FL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: King Edward Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1989

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Hani Yanni Seifein, MD
(903) 693-0564
689 E Altamonte Dr
Altamonte Springs, FL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ain Shams Univ, Fac Of Med, Abbasia, Cairo, Egypt (330-04 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1983

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Harold Louis Greenberg, MD
(407) 645-5504
235 S Maitland Ave Ste 101
Maitland, FL
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1965
Hospital
Hospital: Florida Hosp -Orlando, Orlando, Fl; Florida Hosp-East Orlando, Orlando, Fl; South Seminole Hosp, Longwood, Fl
Group Practice: Harold L Greenberg Pa

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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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