RX-Hypertension Kittanning PA

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.

Diego R Cordoba, MD
(724) 548-4701
Medical Arts Bldg Ste 140
Kittanning, PA
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Los Andes, Esc De Med, Merida, Venezuela
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Armstrong County Mem Hosp, Kittanning, Pa
Group Practice: Diego R Cordoba Ltd

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Mylappan Selvaraj, MD
(724) 545-9774
600 Medical Arts Bldg Ste 670
Kittanning, PA
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Cardiology
Gender
Male
Languages
English
Education
Medical School: Madras Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa; Armstrong County Mem Hosp, Kittanning, Pa

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Samirkumar J Shah, MD
(724) 545-3417
401 Pine Hill Rd
Kittanning, PA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll, Baroda Univ, Baroda, Gujarat, India
Graduation Year: 1987

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Mylappan Selvaraj
(724) 545-9774
600 Medical Arts Bldg
Kittanning, PA
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Marvin P Baker
(724) 282-2234
127 Oneida Valley Rd
Butler, PA
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Samir J Shah
(724) 545-3417
401 Pine Hill Rd
Kittanning, PA
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Kenneth Ronald Kost, MD
(724) 548-4421
Belltop Rd RD 7
Kittanning, PA
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1959
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Hospital: Armstrong County Mem Hosp, Kittanning, Pa

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Diego R Cordoba
(724) 548-4701
100 Medical Arts Bldg
Kittanning, PA
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Paul Leon Frederick, MD
(724) 545-7195
1 Nolte Dr
Kittanning, PA
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1960
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Hospital: Armstrong County Mem Hosp, Kittanning, Pa

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Suad Abduljabbar Ismail, MD
(412) 322-2622
25 Adams Pointe Blvd #1
Butler, PA
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Cardiology
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Female
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Medical School: Royal Coll Of Surgeons In Ireland, Med Sch, Dublin, Ireland
Graduation Year: 1983

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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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