RX-Hypertension Flushing MI

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.

Abdulkader Alawwa, MD
(810) 664-4870
2689 Timber Lane Dr
Flushing, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1983

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Joyce Adelle Strohl, MD
(810) 342-2372
PO Box 4038
Flint, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Pa State Univ Coll Of Med, Hershey Pa 17033
Graduation Year: 1976

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Mahamadali H Amlani, MD
(810) 733-1453
2329 Stonebridge Dr
Flint, MI
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Saskatchewan, Coll Of Med, Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Mc Laren Reg Med Ctr, Flint, Mi
Group Practice: Cardiology Specialist Of MI

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Fernando Mora Jara, MD
(810) 732-8621
4568 Beecher Rd
Flint, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Nacl Auto De Mexico, Fac De Med, Mexico Df, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1965

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Robert F Rosenbaum, MD
(914) 423-8888
3921 Beecher Rd
Flint, MI
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1963
Hospital
Hospital: Yonkers General Hospital, Yonkers, Ny

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Frederick Roger Armenti
(810) 733-6530
G3346 Beecher Road
Flint, MI
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Mohamadali H Amlani
(810) 732-5400
1165 S Linden Rd
Flint, MI
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Radwan Alkiek, MD
(810) 603-2390
1024 Briarcliffe Dr
Flint, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1982

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Richard Hennig Jr, DO
(810) 720-7167
1386 S Linden Rd
Flint, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-Sch Of Osteo Med, Stratford Nj 08084
Graduation Year: 1986

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Samir Aqel Elian, MD
(301) 777-1717
1024 Professional Drive Blgd A 3
Flint, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Jordan, Fac Of Med, Amman, Jordan
Graduation Year: 1983

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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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