RX-Hypertension Jasper 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.

Mark Taylor Keating, MD
801 20th Ave E
Jasper, AL
Specialties
Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1980

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Benjamin Souther Citrin
(251) 634-1544
6701 Airport Blvd
Mobile, AL
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Ibrahim Robert Hanna
(205) 780-4330
801 Princeton Ave Sw
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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George Allan Eyrich, MD
(334) 433-4700
PO Box 850129
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Mobile Infirmary Med Ctr, Mobile, Al; Springhill Memorial Hosp, Mobile, Al; Providence Hosp, Mobile, Al
Group Practice: Heart Group Pc

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Mark Lee Mullens
(205) 663-5775
1022 1st St N
Alabaster, AL
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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F Kathryn Edwards, MD, FACC
3012 Waterman Dr SE
Hampton Cove, AL
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Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Seydi Vakkas Aksut, MD
(334) 872-2001
913 Medical Center Pkwy
Selma, AL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hacettepe Univ, Tip Fak, Hacettepe, Ankara, Turkey
Graduation Year: 1975

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Edward Francis Mahan III, MD
(205) 783-5739
1809 Nottingham Dr
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Healthsouth Metro West Hosp, Fairfield, Al
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Associates Pc; Lloyd Noland Hosp & Ambulatory Ctrs

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James Terry White
(205) 877-9290
2022 Brookwood Medical Ctr Dr
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Jason Haskew Cole, MD
(251) 342-5881
4272 Bit and Spur Rd Apt 5
Mobile, AL
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Cardiology
Gender
Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1997

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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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