RX-Hypertension Loveland CO

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.

Wyatt Frank Voyles, MD
(970) 663-3107
1900 Boise Ave Ste 410
Loveland, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1977

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Anthony Houser Doing, MD
(970) 221-1000
803 Napa Valley Dr
Fort Collins, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1995

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Anthony H Doing
(970) 221-1000
2121 E Harmony Rd
Fort Collins, CO
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Stephen Andrus Treat, MD
(970) 221-1000
2121 E Harmony Rd Unit 200
Fort Collins, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1993

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William E Miller
(970) 221-1000
2121 E Harmony Rd
Fort Collins, CO
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Richard F Giansiracusa, MD
(970) 669-6660
1808 Boise Ave
Loveland, CO
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Mc Kee Med Ctr, Loveland, Co
Group Practice: Big Thompson Medical Group At Aspen Medical Center

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Wesley Van Camp, MD, FACC
5715 Pleasant Hill Ln
Fort Collins, CO
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Gerald I Myers
(970) 221-1000
2121 E Harmony Rd
Fort Collins, CO
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Roger C Ashmore
(970) 221-1000
2121 E Harmony Rd
Fort Collins, CO
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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David William Cullinane, MD
(970) 221-1000
2121 E Harmony Rd
Fort Collins, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1991

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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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