RX-Hypertension West Plains MO

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.

Jeffrey T Silverman
(417) 257-5950
1115 Alaska St
West Plains, MO
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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John R Raabe, MD
(314) 965-3032
13358 Manchester Rd
Saint Louis, MO
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Optima Heartcare Inc
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Cardiology

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David M Safley
(816) 931-1883
4330 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Michael Edwin Cain, MD
(314) 747-3032
660 S Euclid Ave # 8086
Saint Louis, MO
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Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1975

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George Charles Oliver, MD
(314) 432-7645
4 Creekside Ln
Saint Louis, MO
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1957
Hospital
Hospital: St Anthonys Med Ctr, Saint Louis, Mo; St Joseph Health Center, Saint Charles, Mo
Group Practice: County Cardiology Inc

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Achenkunju K George, MD
(417) 257-2686
780 N Kentucky St
West Plains, MO
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
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Medical School: Td Med Coll, Univ Of Kerala, Aleppey, Kerala, India
Graduation Year: 1986
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Hospital: Ozarks Med Ctr, West Plains, Mo
Group Practice: Cardiology Of The Ozarks

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Sudhir K Jain, MD
(314) 894-4900
11124 S Towne Sq
Saint Louis, MO
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Washington University Division of Cardiology
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Cardiology

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Robert B Lehman
(314) 238-2535
1010 Old Des Peres Rd
Saint Louis, MO
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine

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Harold Mason Lowe
(573) 785-0080
2360 Katy Ln
Poplar Bluff, MO
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Cardiovascular Disease

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(314) 454-6095
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
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F
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Cardiologist
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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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