Bioscience

Heart patients using herbal remedies may be at risk

February 1, 2010

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: ScienceDaily] – More and more Americans are turning to herbal remedies to help manage chronic conditions or promote general health and wellness. But many of today’s popular herbal supplements, including St. John’s wort, gingko biloba, garlic and even grapefruit juice can pose serious risks to people who are taking medications for heart disease, according to a review article published in the February, 9, 2010, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

The use of these products is especially concerning among elderly patients who typically have co-morbidities, take multiple medications and are already at greater risk of bleeding, according to authors.

For more information: Heart Patients Using Herbal Remedies May Be at Heightened Risk of Dangerous Drug Interactions