RX-Hypertension Billings MT

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.

Dr.Herman Sorensen
(406) 238-2500
1020 North 27th Street #150
Billings, MT
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M
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Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1967
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Cardiologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Dr.Scott Sample
(406) 238-2500
1020 N 27th St # 200
Billings, MT
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Cardiologist
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Robert Tracy Terry, MD
(406) 237-5001
2900 12th Ave N Ste 204E
Billings, MT
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Umdnj-Robt W Johnson Med Sch, New Brunswick Nj 08901
Graduation Year: 1984

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Robert M Zirpoli
(406) 238-2500
1020 N 27th St
Billings, MT
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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William Westel Rowe
(406) 237-5001
2900 12th Ave N
Billings, MT
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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James Wise Wiggins
(406) 238-6190
1232 N 30th
Billings, MT
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Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology

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John Richard Burg, MD
(406) 228-2000
1020 N 27th St # 35100
Billings, MT
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Male
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Spanish
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Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1966
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Hospital: St Vincent Hosp & Health Ctr, Billings, Mt; Deaconess Billings Clinic, Billings, Mt
Group Practice: Deaconess Billings Clinic

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Alan Rustic Thometz, MD
(406) 238-2000
2825 8th Ave N
Billings, MT
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1984

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Christian Breburda, MD
(608) 833-6238
1020 N 27th St Fl 2
Billings, MT
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Justus-Liebig Univ, Fak Human Med, Geissen, Germany (407-06 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1988

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Dr.John Burg
(406) 238-2500
801 North 27th Street
Billings, MT
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M
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Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1966
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Cardiologist
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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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