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.

Arne Sippens, MD
1722 Shaffer St Ste 1
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Van Amsterdam, Fac Der Geneeskunde, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Graduation Year: 1985

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Stephen Louis Peck, MD
(269) 381-3521
1535 Gull Rd Ste 205
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Borgess Med Ctr, Kalamazoo, Mi
Group Practice: Battle Creek Cardiology; Kalamazoo Cardiology

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Kenzo Kawamura
(269) 343-0980
1535 Gull Rd
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialty
Cardiology

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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
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Ronald James Zegerius
(269) 345-9606
601 John St
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Gregorio Uy Tan, MD
(269) 381-3963
1722 Shaffer St Ste 1
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Bronson Methodist Hosp, Kalamazoo, Mi
Group Practice: Heart Center For Excellence

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John G Gustafson
(269) 381-3963
1722 Shaffer St
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Gilberto Thomas Olivares, MD
(269) 373-1222
601 John St
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Allegan Gen Hosp, Allegan, Mi
Group Practice: Advanced Cardiac Health Care

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Robin R Fountain-Dommer
(269) 341-8786
601 John St
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialty
Pediatric Cardiology

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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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