Herbal Supplements and Heart Medications

Are those herbal remedies or high-dose vitamins actually good for you? Mayo Clinic has reviewed almost 90 studies from the past 44 years, and is warning that both patients and physicians may not be aware of the dangerous interactions between these remedies and common medications used to treat cardiovascular problems. Supplements like ginkgo biloba, saw palmetto, ginseng and garlic can inhibit platelet aggregation, and when combined with aspirin or wafarin can cause bleeding. This review identified 27 herbal products that heart patients should be very careful of taking.

PositiveTip: Discuss with your physician the complete list of herbal supplements and high-dose vitamin preparations you may be taking. It could save your life!