Blood Pressure Monitor Fairbanks AK

By Bill Gottlieb Fred Wilson*, a 53-year-old construction worker and heavy-equipment operator, could handle a backhoe or bulldozer with nonchalant ease. But the heart beating inside his chest couldn't handle his blood. Wilson was among the millions of Americans who have high blood pressure. His arterial pipes had become narrowed, forcing his heart to generate extra pressure to pump blood through...

David S Grauman
(907) 456-2825
1919 Lathrop St Ste 203
Fairbanks, AK
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

Data Provided by:
Keith B Gianni, MD
(907) 452-6137
Suite 1 1222 Well Stret
Fairbanks, AK
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94
Graduation Year: 1968

Data Provided by:
Richard Joseph Burger
(907) 452-6610
2009 Cowles St
Fairbanks, AK
Specialty
Cardiology, Infectious Disease

Data Provided by:
John Clifford Finley, MD
(907) 561-3211
3340 Providence Dr Ste 552
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1972

Data Provided by:
Paul Arnold Peterson
(907) 561-3211
3841 Piper St
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

Data Provided by:
Jonathan R Starr
(907) 451-6682
1408 19th Ave
Fairbanks, AK
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

Data Provided by:
Keith B Gianni
(907) 452-6137
1222 Well St
Fairbanks, AK
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

Data Provided by:
Dr.Thomas Kramer
(907) 561-3211
2490 South Woodworth Loop #150
Palmer, AK
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1980
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

Data Provided by:
Colleen M Coughlin, MD
(907) 263-2200
3500 Latouch 310
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1989

Data Provided by:
Alan Edward Skolnick, MD
(907) 561-3211
3260 Providence Dr Ste 537
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1989

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Spotlight on High Blood Pressure

Provided by: 

By Bill Gottlieb

Fred Wilson, a 53-year-old construction worker and heavy-equipment operator, could handle a backhoe or bulldozer with nonchalant ease. But the heart beating inside his chest couldn’t handle his blood.

Wilson was among the millions of Americans who have high blood pressure. His arterial pipes had become narrowed, forcing his heart to generate extra pressure to pump blood through them. The added effort and abnormal flow were overworking Wilson’s heart and further damaging his arteries, greatly increasing his risk of heart disease and stroke.

Wilson, a stoic sort, didn’t care much about the increased risk; he figured everybody had to go sometime. And he didn’t care much about the cost of the medications he took to try to normalize his pressure, because his union paid for them. But Wilson did care—quite a bit—about one of the most common side effects from blood pressure medications, a problem he shared with one-third of the men who take them: impotence. So when Wilson’s doctor suggested he consider a drug-free alternative, he was eager to try it.

Many health practitioners oriented toward natural remedies would say Wilson was on the right track. “Scores of scientific studies show that diet, lifestyle changes, and other natural methods can lower blood pressure in most patients, without drugs,” says physician Julian Whitaker, founder and president of the Whitaker Wellness Institute in Newport Beach, California.

Anyone with high blood pressure, of course, should consult with a physician before starting to use alternative remedies. Happily, though, most people with readings from 130/85 (high normal blood pressure) to 159/99 (the upper range of mild high blood pressure) can safely be treated with alternative methods, says Chris Meletis, dean of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. (Although they, too, should periodically check in with a doctor.)

For people whose numbers fall within this range, a 12-point drop in systolic pressure (the first number in a reading, measuring how strongly blood is pumped from the heart as it contracts) is typically what drugs can achieve. But many non-drug therapies, whether taken singly or in combination, work just as well or even better—without the troublesome side effects. Here’s a look at the best of what the alternative world has to offer.

Try a vessel-relaxing herb
In a recent study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, 36 people with mild high blood pressure took either 500 milligrams (mg) of an extract of the herb hawthorn, 600 mg of magnesium (a mineral that relaxes arteries), a combination of the two, or a dummy pill. The hawthorn group showed the biggest decrease in blood pressure. “Hawthorn is rich in flavonoids, biochemicals that relax the musculature of the vessels, decreasing blood pressure,” says Ann Walker, lead author of the study and a senior lecturer in human nutrition at the University of Reading in England. She recommends ...

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...