RX-Hypertension Haverhill MA

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.

David E Schwartz, MD
(978) 927-4110
77 Herrick St
Beverly, MA
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The Medical Group Inc
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Cardiology

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Kenneth Gary Adams, MD
(978) 521-3270
1 Park Way
Haverhill, MA
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Lahey Clinic, Burlington, Ma; Merrimac Valley Hosp, Haverhill, Ma; Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence, Ma; Anna Jaques Hosp, Newburyport, Ma; Massachusetts Gen Hosp, Boston, Ma
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Seth D Bilazarian
(978) 521-3288
1 Parkway
Haverhill, MA
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Mahmoud Kowsari
(978) 687-2225
50 Prospect St
Lawrence, MA
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Cardiology

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Kevin Joseph Berry, MD
(978) 475-3993
184 Pleasant Valley St # 1205
Methuen, MA
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1977

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Kenneth G Adams
(978) 521-3270
1 Parkway
Haverhill, MA
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Kirwan Thomas MacMillan
(978) 521-8595
140 Lincoln Ave
Haverhill, MA
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Anthony Joseph Straceski, MD
(978) 989-9811
60 East St Ste 2100
Methuen, MA
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1985

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Anthony Straceski
(879) 989-9811
60 East St Ste 2100
Methuen, MA
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Cardiology

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Anthony F Marino, MD
(978) 689-2540
99 Jackson St
Methuen, MA
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ma Med Sch, Worcester Ma 01655
Graduation Year: 1978

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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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