[Nutraceuticals?]

Author: Bruce (---.ipt.aol.com)

Date: 05-08-02 22:16

I’m new to this board and have been very impressed with the feedback to many of the questions, most of which I’ve had over the years as a HCM person.

I’ve been reading quite a bit lately about the benefits of nutraceuticals like Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA), Vitamin E and Coenzyme Q10 in the treatment of arrhythmia. Most of these can be found at the local GNC. My question, does anyone here know if these provide any benefit to people with HCM? Or should these supplements be avoided?

Thanks for any feedback you can give me,

Bruce

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[Re: Nutraceuticals?]

Author: Lisa (---.proxy.aol.com)

Date: 05-09-02 00:11

Bruce,

You should talk to your doctor before you add suppliments to your program. There is no published data on suppliments and HCM, there is some non peer reviewed data about co-Q10 and they claim it improves cardiac function in HCM. I tried it for a while and felt no different (45 days). It is expensive and I did not find any improvements, so I did not feel it was worth it.

I will keep my ears open for data and if I find anything I will post it on the site.

All the Best!

Lisa Salberg

HCMA

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[Re: Nutraceuticals?]

Author: s. beckley -moderator (---.dsl.mindspring.com)

Date: 05-09-02 08:45

Dear Bruce

Just a reminder that HCM patients need to be sure that if they do decide to take any supplements that they do not interfere with any of their heart medications, increase or decrease blood pressure, thin or thicken the blood, or increase/decrease heart rate. This is information can be hard to find for some supplements.

Sarah