RX-Hypertension Kalamazoo MI

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.

Sharma Saith, MD
(616) 381-3963
1722 Shaffer St Ste 1
Kalamazoo, MI
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Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of West Indies, Fac Med Sci, Kingston, Jamaica (950-01 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1978

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Christopher Rogers
(269) 373-1592
601 John St
Kalamazoo, MI
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Gilbert T Olivares
(269) 373-1592
601 John St
Kalamazoo, MI
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Tim Alexander Fischell, MD
(616) 226-6943
1722 Shaffer St Ste 1
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1981

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John F Schonder
(269) 373-1592
601 John St
Kalamazoo, MI
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Robert Alex Williams
(269) 373-1592
601 John St
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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Satyavardhan Pulukurthy, MD
(319) 384-8001
5793 Sandalwood Dr Apt 2B
Kalamazoo, MI
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Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kurnool Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Kurnool, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1997

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John Alan Azevedo, MD
(616) 381-3521
1535 Gull Rd Ste 205
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Borgess Med Ctr, Kalamazoo, Mi
Group Practice: Battle Creek Cardiology; Kalamazoo Cardiology

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Michael S Pawlik
(269) 373-1592
601 John St
Kalamazoo, MI
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Cardiovascular Disease

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Khalid Altaf Mian, MD
(704) 638-9000
1535 Gull Rd
Kalamazoo, MI
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1965

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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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