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Med Clin North Am. 2017 Sep;101(5):895-923. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2017.04.007.

Integrative Medicine for Cardiovascular Disease and Prevention.

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Division of Cardiology, University of Florida, 1600 Southwest Archer Road, PO Box 100288, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA. Electronic address:
Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, 51 Audubon Avenue, Suite 505, New York, NY 10032, USA.
Shakthi Health and Wellness Center, 2702 Back Acre Circle Suite 290C, Mt. Airy, MD 21771, USA.


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is traditionally treated through medications and lifestyle modifications, yet adherence to these treatments is often poor. The use of complementary therapies is increasing, and it is vital for physicians to be aware of the risks and benefits of these options. This article summarizes the current evidence base on integrative therapies for the prevention and treatment of CVD, including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, coronary artery disease, heart failure, and arrhythmias. Where applicable, recommendations are included for therapies that may be used as an adjunct to traditional medical care to improve cardiovascular health and quality of life.


Alternative therapies; Cardiovascular disease; Hypertension; Integrative medicine; Nutrition; Prevention; Stress; Supplements

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