Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease: An Evidence-Based Review

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2013;2013 DOI 10.1155/2013/672097

 

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Journal Title: Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

ISSN: 1741-427X (Print); 1741-4288 (Online)

Publisher: Hindawi Limited

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Other systems of medicine

Country of publisher: United Kingdom

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS


Matthew J. Rabito (Department of Anesthesiology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, 1542 Tulane Avenue, Room 656, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA)

Alan David Kaye (Department of Anesthesiology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, 1542 Tulane Avenue, Room 656, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA)

EDITORIAL INFORMATION

Blind peer review

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Instructions for authors

Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) plays a significant role in many aspects of healthcare worldwide, including cardiovascular disease (CVD). This review describes some of the challenges of CAM in terms of scientific research. Biologically-based therapies, mind-body therapies, manipulative and body-based therapies, whole medical systems, and energy medicine are reviewed in detail with regard to cardiovascular risk factors and mediation or modulation of cardiovascular disease pathogenesis. CAM use among patients with CVD is prevalent and in many instances provides positive and significant effects, with biologically-based and mind-body therapies being the most commonly used treatment modalities. More rigorous research to determine the precise physiologic effects and long-term benefits on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality with CAM usage, as well as more open lines of communication between patients and physicians regarding CAM use, is essential when determining optimal treatment plans.