Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Herbal remedies may put heart patients at risk: review

From CTV News:
Herbal remedies, such as St. John's wort, gingko biloba -- even garlic, may be putting patients on heart medications at serious risk, doctors are warning.

"It is potentially deadly and the most important thing is it's avoidable," Dr. Arshad Jahangir, one of the authors of the review and a consultant cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Arizona said.

In a scientific review in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, doctors warn that while herbal remedies are thought of as safe and natural, they can cause serious interactions with heart drugs. ...more

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