RX-Hypertension Cape May NJ

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. Habib Bolourchi
(302) 645-7671
18958 Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Business
Henlopen Cardiology
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Prevention Of Heart Attack, Stroke and Diabetes.
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Medicare, Medicaid, Amerihealth, Aetna U.S. Healthcare, Alliance Pro, Principal Health Care of Delaware Inc, Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Delaware, Delmarva Health Plan, Diamond State, 1st Health, Humana, Tricare, Alliance / Mamsi / Optimum Choice, Physici
Medicare Accepted: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Beebe Medical Center
Residency Training: Internal Medicine Residency, Sinai Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
Medical School: Faculty of Medicine, University of Tehran, Iran, 1972
Additional Information
Member Organizations: AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY (FELLOW), AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NUCLEAR CARDIOLOGY, AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS (FELLOW)
Languages Spoken: English

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Amy Scally Burhanna, MD
(609) 463-5440
27 Pine Ridge Rd
Cape May Court House, NJ
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1993

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Amy S Burhanna
(609) 463-5440
8 Village Dr
Cape May Court House, NJ
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Suketu H Nanavati
(609) 465-7517
2 Village Dr
Cape May Court House, NJ
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Monique Scally
(609) 463-5440
8 Village Dr
Cape May Court House, NJ
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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John Caesar Incarvito, MD
(609) 893-6611
1901 Central Ave
Wildwood, NJ
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1967

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Michael N Boriss, DO
(609) 465-2001
207 Court House South Dennis Rd
Cape May Court House, NJ
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1981

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Mark Robert Sorensen, MD
(609) 463-0800
211 S Main St Ste 205
Cape May Court House, NJ
Specialties
Cardiology, Critical Care Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Burdette Tomlin Mem Hosp, Cpe May Ct Hs, Nj
Group Practice: Cape Shore Cardiology

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Robert Joseph Schanzer, MD
(609) 465-9094
33 E Mechanic St
Cape May Court House, NJ
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1995

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Francis Anthony D'Urso, MD
(609) 463-3704
5 Southern Shore Dr
Cape May Court House, NJ
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1977

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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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