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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John B Casterline
(205) 599-3700
860 Montclair Rd
Birmingham, AL
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Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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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
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Hospital: Carraway Methodist Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Norwood Cardiology

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Jeffery Scott Allison
(256) 539-4080
930 Franklin St Se
Huntsville, AL
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Michael Benj Honan, MD
(205) 877-9290
2022 Brookwood Medical Ctr Dr Ste 510
Birmingham, AL
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1983
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Hospital: Brookwood Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Associates Inc

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Robert Bryan Allison, MD
(251) 471-7914
2451 Fillingim St
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1957
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Hospital: Baylor University Med Ctr, Dallas, Tx
Group Practice: Medprovider

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Bassam Anwar Omar, MD
(251) 471-7916
6312 Saint Moritz Dr N
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: American Univ Of Beirut, Fac Of Med, Beirut, Lebanon
Graduation Year: 1987

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David R Mauritson
(205) 343-2811
4401 Watermelon Rd
Northport, AL
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Jose Luiz Escobar
(334) 280-1500
273 Winton M Blount Loop
Montgomery, AL
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Adolph Isom, MD
(334) 694-0070
PO Box 850153
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1976

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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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