RX-Hypertension Haleyville AL

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.

Aymen Alrez, MD
(409) 722-1533
PO Box 780
Haleyville, AL
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Inst De Med Si Farm, Carol Davila, Bucharest, Romania
Graduation Year: 1985

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Joaquin G Arciniegas, MD
(205) 879-8300
4924 Old Leeds Rd
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Nac De Colombia, Fac De Med, Bogota, Colombia
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Carraway Methodist Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Norwood Cardiology

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Antonio Jose Ballagas, MD
(850) 474-8513
1815 Hand Ave
Bay Minette, AL
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1972

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Larry Edward Dye, MD
(205) 877-9290
2022 Brookwood Medical Ctr Dr Ste 510
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1972
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Hospital: Healthsouth Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al; Brookwood Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Associates Inc

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Percy Colon, MD
(205) 599-3500
880 Montclair Rd Fl 1
Birmingham, AL
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1990
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Hospital: Cooper Green Hosp, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Associates Pc Brookwood

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Jay Lawrence DiNerman
(256) 539-4080
930 Franklin St Se
Huntsville, AL
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Richard Eric Crum
(334) 280-1500
273 Winton M Blount Loop
Montgomery, AL
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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David Humphrey Drenning
(256) 539-4080
930 Franklin St Se
Huntsville, AL
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Neeraj Mehta
(205) 934-5038
619 19th St S
Birmingham, AL
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Cardiovascular Disease

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Dr.Harold P. Settle
(205) 856-2284
52 Medical Park Drive East
Birmingham, AL
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Cardiologist
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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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