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Complementary and Alternative Cardiovascular Medicine: by Richard A. Stein, Mehmet C. Oz

By Richard A. Stein, Mehmet C. Oz

Educational clinicians, scientific scientists, recognized practitioners of other medication, and authors of well known works at the topic summarize the evidence approximately complementary cardiovascular medications in order that physicians can optimistically and knowledgeably propose their sufferers. The authors comprehensively clarify the heritage for every very important replacement treatment, its intent, the facts assisting its use, its attainable interplay with general medications, and, the place attainable, what's recognized approximately its defense and efficacy. The cures for treating heart ailment (CHD) diversity from the most commonly encountered herbs, supplements, vitamins, and nutritional fat and oils, to such much less accepted suggestions as acupuncture, homeopathy, therapeutic massage, chelation treatment, meditation, aroma remedies, prayer, and effort remedies. additionally incorporated is a value-added CD-ROM that offers an booklet model of the paintings that may be considered both on a private machine or synchronized to a PDA.

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Duarte J, Perez-Vizcaino F, Torres AI, Zarzuelo A, Jimenez J, Tamargo J. Vasodilator effects of visnagin in isolated rat vascular smooth muscle. Eur J Pharmacol 1995;286:115–122. 8. Duarte J, Lugnier C, Torres AI, Perez-Vizcaino F, Zarzuelo A, Tamargo J. Effects of visnagin on cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases and their role in its inhibitory effects on vascular smooth muscle contraction. Gen Pharmacol 1999;32:71–74. 9. Duarte J, Torres AI, Zarzuelo A. Cardiovascular effects of visnagin on rats.

Plant-derived sterols have been shown to decrease total cholesterol levels for more than 50 yr. Their success as pharmaceutical agents were never fully realized because the introduction of more powerful drugs, but plant sterols have now become part of a public health strategy for maintaining healthy lipid levels by adding them to foods, such as margarine and salad dressing. Because their structural similarity with cholesterol, phytosterols impair intestinal absorption of cholesterol, resulting in a 10–15% reduction in LDL cholesterol, with daily intakes of 2–3 g (79).

Findings from clinical trials demonstrating significant and clinically relevant cholesterol reduction using a defined Chinese red yeast rice preparation (Cholestin) cannot be generalized to other commercially available preparations that Chapter 3 / Botanical Medicine and CVD 43 do not contain the same levels and profile of monacolins. Citrinin, a toxic fermentation byproduct, was found at measurable concentrations in seven of the nine preparations (92). , Cholestin, is no longer available as a dietary supplement in the United States.

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