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Herbal Medications in Cardiovascular Medicine
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI). Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy.
Number of Authors: 4
2017 (English)In: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, ISSN 0735-1097, E-ISSN 1558-3597, Vol. 69, no 9, 1188-1199 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Herbal medications are commonly used for clinical purposes, including the treatment of cardiovascular conditions. Compared with conventional medications, herbal medications do not require clinical studies before their marketing or formal approval from regulatory agencies, and for this reason their efficacy and safety are rarely proven. In this review, we summarize available evidence on herbal medications mostly used in cardiovascular medicine. We show that the use of these medications for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases is often not supported by scientific evidence. Despite most of these herbs showing an effect on biological mechanisms related to the cardiovascular system, data on their clinical effects are lacking. Potential relevant side effects, including increased risk of drug interactions, are described, and the possibility of contamination or substitution with other medications represents a concern. Physicians should always assess the use of herbal medications with patients and discuss the possible benefits and side effects with them.

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2017. Vol. 69, no 9, 1188-1199 p.
Keyword [en]
adverse drug reactions, alternative medicine, cardiovascular disease
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Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-141207DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2016.11.078ISI: 000396359300012PubMedID: 28254182OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-141207DiVA: diva2:1090730
Available from: 2017-04-25 Created: 2017-04-25 Last updated: 2017-04-25Bibliographically approved

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