Millions of Americans use herbal remedies but a new study finds they can pose a risk to some heart patients.
In todays safe family report... Researchers say some supplements can reduce the effectiveness of certain heart medications.
Dale Burg has been trying to manage her high blood pressure for nearly a decade.
Burg sticks to her prescriptions.. but not all heart patients do.
More than 15 million Americans use herbal remedies or high dose vitamins.. and a new study finds those supplements can be dangerous when taken on top of heart medication.. especially in the elderly.
The study found the herbal remedy St. John's Wort.. which some take to treat anxiety.. can reduce the effectiveness of certain heart drugs.
While Ginkgo biloba and Garlic supplements ... can increase bleeding risk.. when taken with blood thinners.. and even aspirin in some cases..
One of the biggest concerns in this study is that here in the exam room, patients usually don't tell their doctors if they are taking any supplements.. and doctors may not ask.
The supplement industry also says it is important people taking herbal remedies speak with their doctors.
Supplements are not subject to same regulation as traditional medications…
…and it's not just heart patients who should be concerned.
Anyone taking prescription medication should ask their doctor if their supplements could be harmful.