RX-Hypertension Cody WY

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.

Janet Lynn Otto Thompson, MD
225 W Yellowstone Ave
Cody, WY
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Cardiology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1989

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Michael Robert Spauldin, MD
(307) 635-4141
2301 House Ave
Cheyenne, WY
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1991

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Albert Louis Steplock
(307) 237-2300
805 E 2nd St
Casper, WY
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Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Larry James Hattel, MD
(307) 635-4141
2301 House Ave Ste 300
Cheyenne, WY
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1983

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Fred D Holford, MD, FACC
PO Box 4758
Jackson, WY
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Cardiology
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Michael B Higginbotham
(307) 635-4141
2301 House Ave
Cheyenne, WY
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Wesley Wayne Hiser, MD
(307) 266-3174
PO Box 882
Casper, WY
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Cardiology, Pulmonary Diseases
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Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1966

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Henry H Fertig, MD
(307) 745-7381
1093 Duna Dr
Laramie, WY
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Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 1
Graduation Year: 1943

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Michel W Skaf
(307) 266-3174
1230 E 1st St
Casper, WY
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Cardiovascular Disease

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Timothy Mabry Gardner, MD
(307) 432-9798
9019 Wildflower Dr
Cheyenne, WY
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1989

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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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