RX-Hypertension Wichita 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.

Michelle Rene Brown, MD
(316) 263-5889
PO Box 782948
Wichita, KS
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Via Christi Reg Med Ctr -St F, Wichita, Ks; Veterans Affairs Med Ctr, Wichita, Ks
Group Practice: Preferred Medical Assoc

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Roger C Bond
(316) 686-5300
551 N Hillside St
Wichita, KS
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

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Donald Lee Vine, MD
(316) 293-2622
1010 N Kansas St
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1966
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Hospital: Wesley Med Ctr, Wichita, Ks; Via Christi Reg Med Ctr -St J, Wichita, Ks
Group Practice: Wichita Medical Practice Assn

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M Saad Z Farhat, MD
(316) 858-9000
933 N Topeka St
Wichita, KS
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Cardiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1992

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Stewart Edwards Dismuke, MD
(316) 293-2600
1010 N Kansas St Rm 2005
Wichita, KS
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Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1971
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Hospital: Via Christi Reg Med Ctr -St F, Wichita, Ks
Group Practice: University KS School Med Ctr

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Jozef Stanislaw Mruk, MD
(316) 630-0805
PO Box 782166
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Coll Med, Univ Jagiellonski, Krakow, Poland
Graduation Year: 1975

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Suleman Sadiq
(316) 267-0159
1144 N Saint Francis St
Wichita, KS
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Mohamed Hussam Farhoud, MD
(316) 858-9000
933 N Topeka St
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Cardiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Aleppo, Fac Of Med, Aleppo, Syria
Graduation Year: 1989

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Prakash V Raghavan
(316) 262-7662
1035 N Emporia St
Wichita, KS
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General Practice, Cardiology

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Salman Ashfaq
(316) 686-5300
551 N Hillside
Wichita, KS
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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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