Alternative medicines strike a cord with heart patients
Heart patients are turning toward alternative therapies, but they aren’t necessarily telling their doctors. This can be dangerous. Dr. Beth Abramson of the Cardiac Prevention Center at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto warns that natural does not necessarily equal safe.
Most heart patients report getting information about herbal medications and vitamins from friends, not doctors, and about a quarter of these patients hadn’t told their doctors. For their part, physicians weren’t necessarily asking patients about alternative therapies either.
This information shows the clear need for communication between physicians and patients: If you are pursuing alternative medical avenues for your heart condition (or for other conditions, when you are on heart medication), please let your doctor know so you can learn about possible conflicts and side effects with your regular treatment.