RX-Hypertension Parker 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.

Dilsher Nawaz, MD
(303) 331-0051
9395 Crown Crest Blvd
Parker, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ain Shams Univ, Fac Of Med, Abbasia, Cairo, Egypt (330-04 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1983

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Stephanie Stevens, MD
(617) 560-7192
5657 S Himalaya St
Aurora, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1988

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Richard Elmo Collins II, MD
(303) 744-1065
10103 Ridgegate Pkwy
Littleton, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1968

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Reginald L Washington, MD
(303) 860-9933
10103 Ridgegate Pkwy Ste 107
Littleton, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1975

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Barry Pomerantz, MD, FACC
(303) 663-0292
61 Indigo Way
Castle Rock, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Joan Elizabeth Eldridge, MD
(303) 840-1135
9397 Crown Crest Blvd Ste 440
Parker, CO
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Rose Med Ctr, Denver, Co
Group Practice: Aurora Denver Cardiology Assoc

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Barry L Molk, MD, FACC
(303) 750-0822
92 Indigo Way
Castle Rock, CO
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Brett Edward Fenster, MD
(720) 851-1886
10103 Ridgeview Parkway Ste 103
Littleton, CO
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1999

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Stephen Thomas Crowley, MD
(303) 369-5905
855 Meadowrose Ln
Castle Rock, CO
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1983

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Reginald Louis Washington
(303) 860-9933
10099 Ridgegate Pkwy
Lone Tree, CO
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Pediatric 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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