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Can J Cardiol. 2008 May;24(5):397-9.

Dilated cardiomyopathy and left bundle branch block associated with ingestion of colloidal gold and silver is reversed by British antiLewisite and vitamin E: the potential toxicity of metals used as health supplements.

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Section of Cardiology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA. sarcher@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu

Abstract

A case of left bundle branch block and a dilated, nonhypertrophic cardiomyopathy associated with ingestion of colloidal gold and silver as an 'energy tonic' is described. The cardiac disease was reversed within two months by a course of dimercaprol (Akorn Inc, USA) (British antiLewisite) and vitamin E. This is the first case of gold and silver cardiomyopathy in humans, and highlights the risks of these colloidal metal 'health supplements'.

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18464946
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PMC2643143
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