RX-Hypertension Osawatomie KS

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.

Ramon Varela Canent, MD
(816) 753-4414
PO Box 820
Louisburg, KS
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Cardiology, Pediatrics
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Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1957

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Roger William Roberts, DO
(316) 265-1308
9350 E 35th St N Ste 101
Wichita, KS
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1975

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Charles William Beck, MD
1515 S Clifton Ave Ste 201
Wichita, KS
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1972

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Steven Don Obermueller, MD
(913) 588-9525
20805 W 151st St Ste 400
Olathe, KS
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1982

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Jean Frederick Legler, MD
(785) 742-4193
Topeka, KS
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1959

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Lyle F Zepick, MD
(316) 265-1308
9118 E Windwood Ct
Wichita, KS
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Medical School: Univ Of Calgary, Fac Of Med, Calgary, Alb, Canada
Graduation Year: 1974

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Cynthia Elaine Battiste, MD
(316) 688-2080
1175 N Pinecrest St
Wichita, KS
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Cardiology, Pediatrics
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Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1973
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Hospital: Wesley Med Ctr, Wichita, Ks; Via Christi Reg Med Ctr -St F, Wichita, Ks
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Arnold Ralph Graham, MD
(515) 422-6730
3354 SW Southbrook Ct
Topeka, KS
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1989

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Ujjaval Patel, MD
(913) 253-3000
5701 W 119th St
Overland Park, KS
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Municipal Med Coll, Gujarat Univ, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Graduation Year: 1989

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Steven Wayne Allen, MD
(316) 689-9259
3311 E Murdock St
Wichita, KS
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1986

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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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