Heart Trouble? 30 Herbal Remedies to Avoid

Though widely viewed as safe, herbal remedies can cause serious interactions in people taking prescription drugs for heart problems. Check out the following guide to herbal products that heart patients should avoid.

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What it is: The dried extract of the bilberry fruit, which is very similar to the blueberry. Sold as a capsule.

What it’s used for: Bilberry is used to treat problems associated with poor circulation, most notably varicose veins and venous insufficiency, in addition to diarrhea, skin problems, eyestrain, and menstrual cramps.

The risk: Bilberry may improve blood circulation, but it can also increase the risk of bleeding associated with warfarin.

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