RX-Hypertension Denver CO

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.

Joseph Orville Rainwater, MD
(303) 861-4674
1601 E 19th Ave Ste 5000
Denver, CO
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1972
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Hospital: Presbyterian -St Lukes Med Ct, Denver, Co
Group Practice: Denver Cardiology Group

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Henry M Sondheimer, MD
(303) 861-6820
1056 E 19th Ave
Denver, CO
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Cardiology, Pediatrics
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Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1970
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Richard John Flanigan
(303) 831-8700
1601 E 19th Ave
Denver, CO
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(866) 898-7136
Dept #0861
Denver, CO
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine

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Fred W Schoonmaker, MD, FACC
(303) 355-2259
25 Downing St Unit 1-401
Denver, CO
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1056 E 19th Ave # B100
Denver, CO
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Graduation Year: 2007

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1056 E 19th St Ave Box-100
Denver, CO
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Henry M SonDheimer
(303) 493-7000
1056 E 19th Ave
Denver, CO
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Alan Lee Cooper, MD
(602) 277-5551
Denver Nephrologists P C
Denver, CO
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Nv Sch Of Med, Reno Nv 89557
Graduation Year: 1982

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Robert Podolak, MD
(303) 837-6591
1835 Franklin St
Denver, CO
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Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1974

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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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