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Overview

Academic clinicians, clinical scientists, well-known practitioners of alternative medicine, and authors of popular works on the subject summarize the facts about complementary cardiovascular medicines so that physicians can confidently and knowledgeably advise their patients. The authors comprehensively explain the background for each important alternative therapy, its rationale, the evidence supporting its use, its possible interaction with standard medicines, and, where possible, what is known about its safety and efficacy. The therapies for treating coronary heart disease (CHD) range from the more commonly encountered herbs, vitamins, supplements, and dietary fats and oils, to such less familiar techniques as acupuncture, homeopathy, massage, chelation therapy, meditation, aroma therapies, prayer, and energy therapies. Also included is a value-added CD-ROM that provides an eBook version of the work that can be viewed either on a personal computer or synchronized to a PDA.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Kevin A. Courville, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: The authors amass a diverse mix of unconventional therapies for cardiovascular disease into a succinct well organized resource for healthcare providers. They provide the relevant history, basis for therapy, and practical application as well as the relevant clinical evidence necessary for the incorporation of complementary and alternative medicine into an ever changing practice of cardiovascular medicine.
Purpose: As patients continue to seek and experiment with many unconventional and alternative therapies, practicing clinicians must expand their knowledge base to enable them to guide and counsel their patients. The book provides clinicians with a remarkable resource to establish a diverse knowledge base on which to interact with and care for patients who desire alternative therapies.
Audience: The diverse nature of this topic enables a wide range of healthcare providers from the practicing physician and nurse, to the alternative health provider, an opportunity to enjoy and benefit from this resource.
Features: The book is divided into 16 chapters, each of which is equally important to the development of one's global perspective of alternative therapies. The chapters range from an introductory chapter discussing the challenges for the clinician to the commonly sought herbal and dietary supplements as well as the philosophical approaches of meditation and prayer.
Assessment: The authors surpass their goals by providing a comprehensive, diverse, easy to read resource for practicing healthcare providers who must advance their knowledge of alternative and complementary therapies to match a growing, demanding, and resourceful population of patients.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588291868
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: Contemporary Cardiology Series
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 285
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
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1 Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease: An Introduction 1
2 History, Regulation, Integrity, and Purity of Herbs and Supplements 11
3 Botanical Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease 27
4 Herb and Dietary Supplement Interactions With Cardiovascular Drugs 49
5 Vitamin Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease 59
6 Oils and Fats in the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease 73
7 Nutrachemicals in the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease 101
8 Meditation and Cardiovascular Disease 121
9 Prayer and Cardiovascular Disease 137
10 Massage Therapy and Cardiovascular Disease 153
11 Acupuncture in Cardiovascular Disease 167
12 Chelation Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease 189
13 Energy Medicine, Energy Therapies, and Cardiovascular Disease 201
14 Homeopathy and Cardiovascular Disease 215
15 Aromatherapy and Cardiovascular Disease 239
16 A Physician's Guide to CAM and Cardiovascular Disease on the World Wide Web 255
Index 279
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