RX-Hypertension Fort Smith AR

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.

Stephen C Manus
(479) 452-2077
7001 Rogers Ave
Fort Smith, AR
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Eckhart Diestel, MD
(479) 709-7325
PO Box 17006
Fort Smith, AR
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Rijksuniversiteit Gent, Fac Der Geneeskunde, Gent, Belgium
Graduation Year: 1986

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Donald E Shows
(479) 452-2077
7001 Rogers Ave
Fort Smith, AR
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Andre J Nolewajka
(479) 452-7324
2713 S 74th St
Fort Smith, AR
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Cardiology

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Andre Jozef Nolewajka, MD
(479) 452-7324
PO Box 10570
Fort Smith, AR
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Western Ontario, Fac Of Med, London, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1974

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John Kurt Mehl, MD
(479) 452-2077
7001 Rogers Ave # 401
Fort Smith, AR
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Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1982

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Taylor A Prewitt, MD
(479) 452-0263
8311 Mile Tree Dr
Fort Smith, AR
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1963

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Abdul-Nasser Adjei, MD
(479) 709-7325
2409 Wyndermere Way
Fort Smith, AR
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Cardiology
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Male
Languages
Other, Turkish
Education
Medical School: Hacettepe Univ, Tip Fak, Hacettepe, Ankara, Turkey
Graduation Year: 1995

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Rowland P Vernon
(479) 452-2077
7001 Rogers Ave
Fort Smith, AR
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Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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John Mc Queen Deaton, MD
(501) 709-7325
16 Berry Hill Rd
Fort Smith, AR
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Cardiology
Gender
Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1969

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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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