Experts Debunk Myths About Alternative Medicine for Heart Disease, Heart Failure


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

With nontraditional approaches ever growing, the American Health Association (AHA) plans to release new guidelines before the end of the year addressing alternative medicine as it relates to heart disease.

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

Don’t Place Alternative Therapy Above Traditional Medicine

“It’s critical for us to educate our patients about potential interactions with heart failure medications,” said session moderator Biykem Bozkurt, MD, an advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation cardiologist and professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Bozkurt stressed that standard therapies today are having a critical impact on survivorship for people with heart failure, and it’s a myth that “significantly marketed” herbal or alternative therapies should ever be used in place of standard therapies, which are proven to improve cardiovascular death and heart failure hospitalizations.


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