RX-Hypertension Moundsville WV

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.

Madhu N Dharawat
(304) 845-0100
426 8th St
Glen Dale, WV
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Henry David Millit, MD
(304) 242-4800
4 Williamsburg Cir
Wheeling, WV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1975

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Robert J Fanning
(304) 242-1273
1307 Mt. Dechantal Road
Wheeling, WV
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Edward Kin Yip Chiu, MD
(814) 663-0088
112 Smith Ln
Wheeling, WV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Saskatchewan, Coll Of Med, Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
Graduation Year: 1988

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Richard Franklin Terry, MD
(304) 242-4700
111 Park View Ln Ste 202
Wheeling, WV
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Ohio Valley Med Ctr, Wheeling, Wv; Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, Wv
Group Practice: Richard F Terry Inc

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Madhu Dharawat, MD
(315) 331-4344
426 8th St Ste 301
Glen Dale, WV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1978

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Adel E Frenn, MD
(304) 234-8705
OVMC-2000 Eoff St 6 West Ste 601
Wheeling, WV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: American Univ Of The Caribbean, Sch Of Med, Plymouth, Montserrat
Graduation Year: 1987

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Ahmad Rahbar, MD
(304) 243-1000
1021 Mount de Chantal Rd
Wheeling, WV
Gender
Male
Languages
Persian (Farsi), Spanish, Arabic
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1969

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William Ellsworth Noble, MD
(304) 234-8033
2000 Eoff St Ste 601
Wheeling, WV
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1972

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Devender K Batra, MD
(740) 633-4700
2115 Chapline St Ste 102
Wheeling, WV
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: S P Med Coll, Univ Of Rajasthan, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: East Ohio Reg Hosp, Martins Ferry, Oh
Group Practice: Batra Cardiology Assoc

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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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