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.

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

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Edward Joseph Morris
(918) 494-8500
6151 S Yale Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Philip B Adamson
(405) 608-3800
4050 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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George Shaker Cohlmia Jr, MD
(918) 584-2500
2448 E 81st St
Tulsa, OK
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1975
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Hospital: Hillcrest Med Ctr, Tulsa, Ok; St John Med Ctr, Tulsa, Ok; St Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Ok
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Surgical Group

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

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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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Kevin Wayne Miller, MD
8121 National Ave Ste 300
Midwest City, OK
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1993

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Steven Joseph Reiter, MD
(405) 947-3341
14728 Hollyhock Dr
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1981
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Hospital: Integris Baptist Med Ctr, Oklahoma City, Ok; Mercy Health Center, Oklahoma City, Ok; Hillcrest Med Ctr, Tulsa, Ok
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Clinic

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James Frederick Mc Neer, MD
(918) 481-2950
6600 S Yale Ave Ste 950
Tulsa, OK
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1972

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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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