RX-Hypertension Cumming GA

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.

Karthik Ramaswamy, MD
(770) 534-2020
200 S Enota Dr
Gainesville, GA
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Northeast Georgia Heart Center
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Yitzchak Hermoni
(770) 886-0003
1200 Bald Ridge Marina Rd
Cumming, GA
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Michael Lee Waller, MD
(770) 962-4895
1615 Heathrow Dr
Cumming, GA
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
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Sandeep Chandra, MD
(770) 638-1400
5555 Commons Ln
Alpharetta, GA
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1992

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Gordon Jerome Azar Jr, MD
(770) 343-8565
113 Flying Scot Ct
Alpharetta, GA
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Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1987

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Michael Lee Waller
(770) 886-0003
1200 Baldridge Marina Road
Cumming, GA
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William Manchester Hudson
(770) 887-0472
1400 Northside Forsyth Dr
Cumming, GA
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Marlene Louise Blaise, MD
(678) 762-0910
3400 Old Milton Pkwy Ste C325
Alpharetta, GA
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Suny At Stony Brook Hlth Sci Ctr, Stony Brook Ny 11794
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Donald E Jansen, MD
(404) 456-0062
3025 Windward Plz Ste 300
Alpharetta, GA
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Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
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(978) 250-6000
3400 Old Milton Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA
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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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