RX-Hypertension Scottsdale AZ

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.

Ashish Pershad, M.D.
(602) 307-0070
1331 N. 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ
Business
Heart and Vascular Center of Arizona
Specialties
Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Complex Peripheral Vascular Intervention
Doctor Information
Residency Training: Health Cleveland, Inc. Fairview General Hospital; Lutheran Medical Center Cleveland, Ohio; Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center; Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center
Medical School: Grant Medical School, University of Bombay, India,

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Berkley Howard Benneson
(480) 991-6624
9522 E San Salvador Dr
Scottsdale, AZ
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Frederick Saml Simonie, MD
10210 N 92nd St Ste 205
Scottsdale, AZ
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Scottsdale Healthcare -Osborn, Scottsdale, Az

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Dale N Payne
(480) 505-3636
10290 North 92nd St
Scottsdale, AZ
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Imad H Khaled
(480) 747-6535
10293 N 92nd St
Scottsdale, AZ
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Charles M T Jost, MD
(480) 945-4343
6335 East Main St
Mesa, AZ
Business
Southwest Cardiovascular Associates
Specialties
Cardiology

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Daniel Oscar Storch, MD
(602) 991-6624
9522 E San Salvador Dr
Scottsdale, AZ
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1985

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Emilio Romolo Giuliani, MD
(480) 301-4012
10452 E Cochise Ave
Scottsdale, AZ
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1953

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Daniel Oscar Storch
(480) 991-6624
9522 E San Salvador Dr
Scottsdale, AZ
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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John P McNamara
(480) 860-1919
9755 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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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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