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Prim Care. 2017 Jun;44(2):351-367. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2017.02.005.

Integrative Medicine and Cardiovascular Disorders.

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Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 900 Commonwealth Avenue East, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02215, USA; Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, 151 Merrimac Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02114, USA. Electronic address:


Integrative medicine (IM) has developed an increasingly significant role in health care worldwide, including cardiovascular diseases (CVD). This review describes the commonly used IM in CVD, with particular attention placed with dietary supplements and mind-body therapies. More rigorous research continues to be needed to determine the mechanisms and efficacy of IM cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Health care providers will need to develop skills in open communication and nonjudgmental dialogue around IM use in discussing treatment plans with their patients.


Cardiovascular disease; Complementary and alternative medicine; Integrative medicine

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