RX-Hypertension Brookings SD

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.

Dominic Vincent Hurley, MD
(605) 271-7700
409 E Meadowlark Trl
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sd Sch Of Med, Vermillion Sd, 57069
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, Sd
Group Practice: Hurley Cardiovascular

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Samuel J Durr
(605) 399-4300
4150 5th St
Rapid City, SD
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Jerry Lee Moench, MD
(605) 977-5000
4520 W 69th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1979

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James Paul Olson, MD
(605) 328-2929
1100 S Euclid Ave
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sd Sch Of Med, Vermillion Sd, 57069
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, Sd
Group Practice: Heart Partners

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Edward Paul D'Souza, MD
(605) 229-4192
310 8th Ave NW Ste 314
Aberdeen, SD
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Male
Education
Medical School: Seth G S Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1960

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Michael Philip D'Urso, MD
(605) 399-4300
725 Meade St
Rapid City, SD
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1989

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Willard C Hurley
(605) 665-7841
1104 W 8th St
Yankton, SD
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Christopher James Paa, MD
(605) 977-5000
4520 W 69th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1995

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Lloyd Eugene Solberg, MD
(605) 357-2962
1305 W 18th St
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, Sd
Group Practice: Heart Partners

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Phillip Edward Burket, MD
(605) 977-5000
4809 S Caraway Cir
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1983

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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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