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
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1980

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Alan S Gertler
(205) 934-6600
619 19th St S
Birmingham, AL
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Lionel M Bargeron, MD, FACC
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Timothy Peter Ahmadi, MD
(334) 476-3373
71 W Midtown Park
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Teheran Univ, Fac Of Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1953
Hospital
Hospital: Mobile Infirmary Med Ctr, Mobile, Al; Springhill Memorial Hosp, Mobile, Al

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William John Rogers Jr, MD
(205) 934-4791
334 LHR Building,
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: University Of Alabama Hosp, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Uab Health System

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Michael Thomas Simpson, MD
(205) 838-3955
52 Medical Park East Dr Ste 215
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Carraway Methodist Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Birmingham Heart Clinic

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Wynne Crawford, MD
(334) 280-1500
2119 E South Blvd
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Jackson Hosp & Clinic, Montgomery, Al; Baptist Med Ctr, Montgomery, Al
Group Practice: Montgomery Cardiovascular

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Robert Ronnie Harrell
(334) 793-9564
4300 W Main St
Dothan, AL
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Brian Hwan Kim, MD
205-934-3411 x88217
619 S 19th ST P2220 West Pavilion
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1995

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Percy J Colon
(205) 877-9290
2022 Brookwood Medical Ctr Dr
Birmingham, AL
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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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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