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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Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1972

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Sean M Rhuland, MD
(256) 766-2118
541 W College St Ste 1100
Florence, AL
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1996
Hospital
Hospital: Eliza Coffee Mem Hosp, Florence, Al; Helen Keller Hosp, Sheffield, Al; Shoals Hosp, Muscle Shoals, Al
Group Practice: Tennessee Valley Cardio Ctr

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Harold P Settle Jr, MD
(205) 838-3044
52 Medical Park East Dr Ste 320
Birmingham, AL
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1967
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Hospital: Medical Center East, Birmingham, Al

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Joseph G Hughes
(205) 933-1540
2660 10th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
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Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Harvey C Slocum Jr, MD
1515 6th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
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Anesthesiology, Cardiovascular Diseases
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Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1973
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Hospital: Cooper Green Hosp, Birmingham, Al

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John B Casterline
(205) 599-3700
860 Montclair Rd
Birmingham, AL
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Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Adolph Isom, MD
(334) 694-0070
PO Box 850153
Mobile, AL
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Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1976

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Paul Beveridge Moore
(334) 280-1500
273 Winton M Blount Loop
Montgomery, AL
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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David R Mauritson
(205) 343-2811
4401 Watermelon Rd
Northport, AL
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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William Herbert Hill, MD
(228) 864-6734
701 University Boulevard East South
Tuscaloosa, AL
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1974

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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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