RX-Hypertension Montrose 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.

Bradley David Huhta, MD
(970) 252-1020
17 N Mesa Ave
Montrose, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Hosp And Med Ctr, Grand Jct, Co
Group Practice: Mesa County Physicians Ipa Inc

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Ronald H Main, MD
2125 Mead Ln Unit A
Montrose, CO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med
Graduation Year: 1978

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Robert Ginsburg, MD, FACC
(303) 694-1978
5100 S Steele St
Greenwood Village, CO
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Jeffrey Dan Rubinstein, MD
(303) 595-2600
4101 W Conejos Pl Ste 100
Denver, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1980

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Pamela Ann Taylor
(719) 471-1775
215 Parkside Dr
Colorado Springs, CO
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Cardiology

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Paul A Becker
(970) 252-1020
17 N Mesa
Montrose, CO
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Bradley D Huhta
(970) 252-1020
17 N Mesa Ave
Montrose, CO
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Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Marcus H Howell
(970) 244-2482
425 Patterson Rd
Grand Junction, CO
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Dennis George Larson, MD
(970) 221-1000
2121 E Harmony Rd Unit 200
Fort Collins, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1972

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Ronald D Blonder, DO
(719) 635-7172
1633 Medical Center Pt Ste 183
Colorado Springs, CO
Specialties
Cardiology, Critical Care Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1972
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Hospital: Memorial Hosp Of Colorado Spri, Colorado Spgs, Co
Group Practice: Pikes Peak 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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