RX-Hypertension Atmore AL

To control high blood pressure, doctors usually recommend lifestyle changes—exercise, relaxation, and cutting back on salt—plus medication. Soon, daily hibiscus tea may join that line up.

Antonio Jose Ballagas, MD
(850) 474-8513
1815 Hand Ave
Bay Minette, AL
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1972

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Alfred W H Stanley Jr, MD
(205) 879-6338
4401 Fredericksburg Dr
Birmingham, AL
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1966
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Hospital: Carraway Methodist Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Norwood Clinic

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Paul J Troup
(205) 599-3500
880 Montclair Rd
Birmingham, AL
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Alejandro Vasquez
(256) 539-4080
930 Franklin St Se
Huntsville, AL
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Mark Lee Mullens
(205) 663-5775
1022 1st St N
Alabaster, AL
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Edward Neal Foxhall II, MD
(334) 270-8887
4224 Carmichael Ct N
Montgomery, AL
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1983

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Virenjan K Narayan
(256) 546-6200
503 S 5th St
Gadsden, AL
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Noel W Bedwell
(251) 433-4700
6701 Airport Blvd
Mobile, AL
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Cardiology

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George Bruce Head III, MD
(256) 492-9924
1026 Goodyear Ave Ste 200
Gadsden, AL
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1970

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Byron Judson Colley III, MD
(205) 934-2493
Univ Of Alabama Dept Of Me
Birmingham, AL
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 2000

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RX-Hypertension

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By Jennifer Pirtle

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Association, nearly one-third of Americans suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure). Like thin-walled hoses holding too much water pressure, the blood vessels of hyper- tensives become stretched and fragile. The intense pressure can also endanger the other organs and lead to heart and kidney failure, strokes, or blindness.

To control high blood pressure, doctors usually recommend lifestyle changes—exercise, relaxation, and cutting back on salt—plus medication. Soon, daily hibiscus tea may join that line up. It appears to ease mild hypertension the same way many anti-hypertensive drugs do—by opening the blood vessels, decreasing the viscosity of the blood, and increasing urine production (which reduces blood volume).

Hibiscus teas are made from the flowering bush Hibiscus sabdariffa, a relative of the yard-dwelling tropical beauty with the dinner plate-sized flowers. Sometimes called roselle or karkade, the plant grows a thick, juicy calyx (the ring around the base of the blossom) that people the world over use for flavorings, drinks, desserts, and now, hypertension treatment. In a study published in Phytomedicine in 2004, patients drank a daily infusion of 10 grams of the dried calyxes. Study results show the tea controlled mild to moderate hypertension as effectively as captopril, a leading drug for hypertension and heart failure.

It also works quickly. The Journal of Ethnopharmacology reported that after just 12 days, 31 patients drinking hibiscus tea averaged an 11.2 percent drop in systolic blood pressure (SBP) and a 10.7 percent drop in diastolic blood pressure (DSP). (Your heart generates SBP during a beat and DSP between beats.) In hypertensive individuals, SBP tops 140 and DSP 90. Normal blood pressure measures below 120 SBP and 80 DSP, which means hibiscus tea could bring a mild case of hypertension down to near normal in less than two weeks.

How should hypertensives use this wonder beverage? If you currently take blood-pressure medication, Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, and coauthor of The Natural Medicine Chest (Evans & Co., 2000), recommends working with an herb-savvy medical professional using conventional diagnostic techniques to make sure your blood pressure stays within acceptable levels as you slowly cut back on one pharmaceutical drug at a time. “Herbs’ benefit-to-risk ratio is much better than pharmaceutical drugs’,” she adds, “so it’s worth your time
to experiment.”

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