RX-Hypertension Lithonia GA

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.

William A Cooper, MD
(404) 686-2513
550 Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA
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Emory Healthcare Inc
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Cardiology

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Harry Robert Foster Jr, MD
(770) 482-8887
7660 Covington Hwy
Lithonia, GA
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Cardiology, Pediatrics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1955
Hospital
Hospital: Rockdale Hosp, Conyers, Ga; Childrens Healthcare Of Atlant, Atlanta, Ga
Group Practice: Dr Harry R Foster Jr Pa

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Muthayyah Srinivasan
(770) 322-8881
5255 Snapfinger Park Dr
Decatur, GA
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Albert J Tuboku Metzger, MD
(404) 256-2593
5877 Southland Dr
Stone Mountain, GA
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Toronto, Fac Of Med, Toronto, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1967

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M Virginia Tuggle, MD
(404) 289-5101
1336 Columbia Dr Ste A
Decatur, GA
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Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
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Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1949
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Hospital: Dekalb Med Ctr, Decatur, Ga

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Harry Robert Foster, MD
(770) 482-8887
7660 Covington Hwy
Lithonia, GA
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Cardiology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1955

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David Wagner Jones, MD
(323) 669-2122
5440 Hillandale Dr
Lithonia, GA
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1978

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Adam Gordon Brandau, MD
(404) 296-1256
2360 Spencers Way
Stone Mountain, GA
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1964

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Syed Haider Shirazi
(770) 483-9330
1380 Milstead Ave Ne
Conyers, GA
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Syed Haider Ali Shirazi, MD
(229) 245-1000
1380 Milstead Ave NE Ste E
Conyers, GA
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Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: King Edward Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1969

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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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