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
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1985
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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
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Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
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Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med
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David R Clarke
(303) 493-7000
4200 E 9th Ave
Denver, CO
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Scott Richard Valent, MD
(720) 284-3900
3655 Lutheran Pkwy Ste 201
Wheat Ridge, CO
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1990

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Sheree H Chen
(303) 750-0822
1421 S Potomac St
Aurora, CO
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(970) 252-1020
17 N Mesa Ave
Montrose, CO
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(970) 252-1020
17 N Mesa
Montrose, CO
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(303) 448-9415
8315 Niwor Medpw Farm Rd
Longmont, CO
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Greg Bowman
(719) 545-0663
1600 N Grand Ave
Pueblo, CO
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2222 N Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, CO
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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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