Experts debunk myths about alternative medicine for heart disease and heart failure

Now more than ever, people are turning to home remedies like herbal remedies, dietary supplements, and homeopathic products, as well as activities like yoga, massage therapy, and acupuncture to treat their ailments. The alternative medicine market reached $100 billion in 2021 and projections show that value will more than triple over the next five years, according to a 2022 report from Research and Markets.

As non-traditional approaches continue to grow, the American Health Association (AHA) plans to release new guidelines before the end of the year regarding alternative medicine as it relates to heart disease.

The use of alternative medicine was a topic of discussion during a panel held on Sunday, November 6 during the 2022 AHA Scientific Sessions. Experts addressed myths related to alternative medicine among people with heart disease, such as heart failure. Want to know what the experts think about alternative medicine? Here’s a look at what they discussed.

Don’t put alternative therapy above traditional medicine

“It is critical for us to educate our patients about potential interactions with heart failure medications,” said session moderator Biykem Bozkurt, MD, a cardiologist specializing in heart failure and heart transplantation and professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Bozkurt pointed out that standard therapies today have a critical impact on the survival of people with heart failure, and it is a myth that “significantly marketed” herbal or alternative therapies should ever. be used instead of standard therapies, which are proven to improve cardiovascular disease. deaths and hospitalizations for heart failure.

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