10 Types Of Drugs And Supplements That Can Cause Heart Failure

Date December 27, 2017

It's kind of hard to live a healthy life without needing some medicines and supplements from time to time. But it's important to know which of them is capable of negatively affecting your health.

Stanford University Clinical Associate Professor and heart health expert, Dr T. Jared Bunch, listed some drugs and dietary supplements that may cause heart failure.

1. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)

Examples are ibuprofen and naproxen. These types of drugs lead to an increase in salt and fluid retention and make your heart work harder.

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2. Vitamin E

When you take more than 400 IU, this can increase your risk of congestive heart failure by 21 to 50 percent.

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3. Ephedra-containing products

This includes Chinese herbal remedies and herbal tea. They are capable of increasing heart rate, blood pressure and the overall heart activity.

4. Garlic, ginkgo, liquorice and hawthorn

These alternative medicines can affect blood platelet function. They can lead to an increase in the risk of severe bleeding in people with heart disease who take anticoagulant or antiplatelet drugs.

5. Aconite

This is usually found in traditional Chinese medicine. It increases the risk of abnormal heart rhythms.

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6. Ginseng

It increases the risk of low blood pressure shortly after use. And chronic, long-term use can ironically lead to a high blood pressure.

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7. Gynura

This vegetable increases the risk of hypotension by inhibiting the body's own angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE).

8. Gossypol

It is a toxic chemical that is gotten from cotton plants. It can lead to low blood pressure and an increased risk of kidney problems.

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9. Licorice

This leads to fluid retention which may cause your heart to overwork.

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10. Lily of the Valley

It may lead to a slow heart rate and electrical heart block. When used with other drugs such as beta blockers and calcium channel blockers, it can severely slow the heart rate, causing heart failure.

According to Dr Bunch, this list is aimed at giving people information about the potential risk of these dietary supplements. "Even though many of these are natural products, they have drug-like effects in the body," he added.

As with anything else, it is important to learn all you can about the medicines and supplements that you take.

Source: EverydayHealth

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