RX-Hypertension Ridgeland MS

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.

James Lamar Warnock Jr, MD
(601) 969-2860
Ridgeland, MS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1992
Hospital
Hospital: Rankin Med Ctr, Brandon, Ms; Univ Of Mississippi Med Ctr, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Associates

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William Kenneth Harper, MD
(601) 372-2777
4135 Sandridge Dr
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Central Mississippi Med Ctr, Jackson, Ms; St Dominic-Jackson Memorial H, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Hinds Cardiology Clinic

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Alfred E Hutcheson
(601) 853-8814
794 Highway 51
Madison, MS
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Michael Francis Payment, MD
(601) 981-8543
1844 Eastover Dr
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Univ Of Mississippi Med Ctr, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Hinds Cardiology Clinic

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Alfred Eugene Hutcheson, MD
(601) 853-8814
794 Highway 51 North Suite D P O box 2742
Madison, MS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: St Dominic-Jackson Memorial H, Jackson, Ms; Kings Daughters Hospital, Brookhaven, Ms; River Oaks Hospital, Jackson, Ms
Group Practice: Jackson Heart Clinic

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Makram Raouf Ebeid, MD
(601) 984-5250
205 Westfield Rd
Ridgeland, MS
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ain Shams Univ, Fac Of Med, Abbasia, Cairo, Egypt (330-04 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Oktibbeha County Hospital, Starkville, Ms
Group Practice: Cleveland Clinic Foundation

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Richard Glenn Hutchinson, MD, FACC
337 Long Cove Dr
Madison, MS
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Gaston Rodriguez, MD
(601) 362-4471
6268 Mossline Dr
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Nac Mayor De San Marcos, Prog Acad De Med Humana, Lima, Peru
Graduation Year: 1964

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Mervyn Percy Smith Jr, MD
5606 Old Canton Rd
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1974

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Jennifer Clare Shores, MD
(601) 984-5250
246 Forest Lake Dr
Madison, MS
Specialties
Cardiology, Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1993
Hospital
Hospital: Oktibbeha County Hospital, Starkville, Ms
Group Practice: University Pediatrics Associates

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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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