RX-Hypertension Columbus OH

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.

Steven J Yakubov, MD
(614) 262-6772
3705 Olentangy River Rd
Columbus, OH
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MidOhio Cardiology & Vascular Consultants Inc
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Cardiology

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Brenda L Banks, MD
1570 Cleveland Ave
Columbus, OH
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1981

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Chistine Lawless
(614) 798-7905
410 W 10th Ave
Columbus, OH
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Manmohan K Katapadi
(614) 257-3820
1492 E Broad St
Columbus, OH
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Charles Francis Wooley, MD
(614) 293-4967
437 W 12th Ave
Columbus, OH
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1954

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Richard H Bracken
(614) 294-7874
72 W 3rd Ave
Columbus, OH
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Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Jessica Anne Ross
(614) 257-5591
543 Taylor Ave
Columbus, OH
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Louis Louis, MD
N-846 Doan Hall 410 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, OH
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Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Theodore D'Eston Fraker, MD
(614) 293-8761
473 W 12th Ave Ste 200
Columbus, OH
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1973
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Hospital: St Vincent Mercy Med Ctr, Toledo, Oh; Medical College Of Ohio Hosp, Toledo, Oh
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700 Children's Dr 6th Fl-Education Bldg
Columbus, OH
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Graduation Year: 2007

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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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