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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.

Tomasz P Stys
(605) 328-2929
1305 W 18th St
Sioux Falls, SD
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Jose Teixeira
(605) 399-4300
4150 5th St
Rapid City, SD
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Cardiology

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Scott Pham, MD
(612) 551-1597
4805 S Yellowstone Cir
Sioux Falls, SD
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1993

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Morton D Willcutts, MD
(605) 734-6784
PO Box 665
Chamberlain, SD
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Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 4620
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Karl John Heilman
(605) 399-4300
4150 5th St
Rapid City, SD
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353 Fairmont Blvd
Rapid City, SD
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Medical School: Univ Of Alexandria, Fac Of Med, Alexandria, Egypt (330-03 Pr 1/71)
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(605) 328-2929
1305 W 18th St
Sioux Falls, SD
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(605) 357-1430
1400 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, SD
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Cardiology
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Graduation Year: 2007

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(605) 399-4300
725 Meade St
Rapid City, SD
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1971
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Hospital: Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, Sd
Group Practice: Cardiology Associates Pc Dba The Heart Doctors

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(605) 399-4300
4150 5th Street
Rapid City, SD
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Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med
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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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