Heart Disease and Vitamins: Helpful or Harmful? (Video)
Many people think that taking vitamins and other supplements can support their heart health, but the opposite may be true. None have been proven to help, and some could even be dangerous.
One of the most common questions patients ask is whether there are vitamins or other supplements they can take to support their heart health, says Leslie Cho, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Cardiovascular Center. However, there’s no evidence-based data supporting the use of any vitamin supplements for cardiac protection, she explains in this informative video.
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While some vitamins, such as Vitamin C, may not harm heart health, they can still be taken if desired to support other aspects of your health. However, it’s also important to be aware of supplements such as Vitamin E that can actually increase the risk of heart failure and stroke. (The jury is still out on Vitamin D, though Dr. Cho says only those with very low levels should even consider supplementation.)
In addition, a number of products available over the counter that are touted for their “cholesterol-lowering” ability can cause serious liver damage. Other types of supplements such as those made with animal thyroid may interact with cardiac medicines, causing unwanted effects such as rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure or increased bleeding.
Dr. Cho will teach you more in this video about what vitamins and other supplements you should avoid when it comes to your heart health. She’ll also explain why it’s critically important to talk to your doctor BEFORE starting any new vitamins or other supplements.