RX-Hypertension Claremore OK

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.

Arnold Carson Todd, DO
(918) 341-3778
19710 S 4200 Rd
Claremore, OK
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1957

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John Summers
(918) 343-2728
1501 N Florence Ave
Claremore, OK
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Frank Fore
(918) 712-3366
1919 S Wheeling Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Pamela Craven
(405) 604-4460
5401 N Portland Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Robert Benedict Mammana
(918) 502-3600
6151 S Yale Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Charles Edward Caron, MD
(918) 341-1886
527E Blue Starr Dr
Claremore, OK
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Di Bologna, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Bologna, Italy
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Claremont Reg Hosp, Claremore, Ok; St John Med Ctr, Tulsa, Ok; Sacred Heart Hosp, Allentown, Pa; Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, Pa
Group Practice: Internal Medicine Assoc

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Arash Karnama, MD
(918) 582-3332
13721 E 51st St Apt 9202
Tulsa, OK
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Sudhir K Gupta
(405) 273-0406
3700 N Kickapoo Ave
Shawnee, OK
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Naeem Khan Tahirkheli, MD
530 SW 80th St
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Allama Iqbal Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1988
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Hospital: Physicians Hospital Of Oklahom, Oklahoma City, Ok

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John George Ivanoff, MD
(918) 592-0999
11516 S Hudson Ave
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1984
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Hospital: Hillcrest Med Ctr, Tulsa, Ok; St Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Ok; Southcrest Hospital, Tulsa, Ok
Group Practice: Oklahoma Heart Institute

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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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