Useless and dangerous medicine “from the heart”

Among the many cardiac drugs, there are practically no harmless drugs. Each has its own side effects, sometimes minor, and sometimes serious. Homeopaths say that their method of treatment is the safest as opposed to traditional pharmacological.

The most dangerous diseases were and remain cardiovascular (CVD). According to statistics, more than a third of deaths in the world are caused by diseases associated with cardiovascular disorders: coronary heart disease, strokes and others.

The most common cardiac diseases are ischemic heart disease and its individual forms (angina pectoris, various rhythm and conduction disorders), myocardial infarction and postinfarction cardiosclerosis, various heart defects, heart failure, hypertension and atherosclerosis. “More than 75% of CVD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries,” the World Health Organization said.

Of course, preventive measures are needed to minimize the risk of early death as a result of cardiovascular disorders. To priority measures, medical professionals include the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and the refusal of alcohol and smoking. No less dangerous is unhealthy eating, overeating and lack of physical activity. Even the usual daily walking leads to a general improvement. And really active sports and even more so keep the body in shape, preventing the risk of developing diseases associated with unhealthy lifestyles.

In addition to the obvious recommendations, such as a healthy active lifestyle, doctors around the world use drug therapy. And here are a few dangerous moments. It is a question of incorrect diagnosis and, as a consequence, misdirection, as well as self-medication.

The Internet has long been available in the most remote places. You can go online from home, from work, and from gadgets. But, unfortunately, it is not always possible to use the received information correctly and thoughtfully. The main medical principle is “do no harm!” – almost does not work here. As a result, one in five “treated” is not at all from the diseases that he actually has.
As doctors meditate bitterly, with the help of the Internet, any user can discover the symptoms of all known illnesses and find hundreds of ways to treat them. And instead of consulting a specialist, people often ask on forums and in social networks how to treat them, while worsening sometimes – alas! – the general statistics of mortality.


“In cardiology, things are not the same, people take the drugs prescribed by doctors, Valocordin and Corvalolus drink grandmothers to calm them down.” If a person is sick, he must take the drugs prescribed to him by the doctor. “What is in the beautiful boxes in pharmacies is available in The type of dietary supplements … So it’s necessary to ask the people themselves why they buy them ?! I do not think that an adequate doctor will prescribe them, “said Roman Shirokov, MD, cardiologist.

“Any medicines have a whole list of side effects.” There are cardiological drugs that are used, say, in therapy, but for some diseases of the cardiovascular system they are shown, in others – their side effects do not allow us to prescribe these drugs. The appointment should be done only by a specialist – a therapist or a cardiologist. “Based on his knowledge and experience, the doctor prescribes the necessary dosage so that the patient does not end up in the intensive care unit,” the head of the department Niemi cardiology and coronary care, PhD, cardiologist, Dmitry Emelianovich.

The World Health Organization and the United Nations in general insist that in all countries there should be general availability of health care. How it will be organized – it does not matter, but all people should have access to medical care. In particular, they must have access to medicines.

As suggested by the professor, the available Internet, if used wisely, can be a good helper. For example, if there are doubts about the accuracy of the treatment prescribed by a doctor, you can compare current appointments with worldwide medical practice. This will allow the doctor to ask the right questions and get clear answers.

“Go to the site of the National Medical Library of the United States, enter the request and receive the texts.It takes you 10-15 minutes, if you know what your illness is called.Well, all chronic patients know how their diseases are called, and any doctor’s appointment they Can check on the manuals. This creates a fundamentally different situation! ” – suggested Vlasov.


So for what drugs, we primarily go to the home medicine cabinet or the nearest pharmacy, when the “pinched” heart? Most often these are inexpensive validol, corvalol, valocordin, sometimes nitroglycerin. And if the action of the latter is proven and sufficiently studied – whether a joke, nitroglycerin “from the heart” has been used for more than a century! – then the rest of the drugs act a little differently than we used to think.


The predecessor of the domestic Corvalol valocordin was developed in 1963 in Germany. It has been clinically proven that corvalol does not affect the course and outcome of cardiovascular diseases. But the phenobarbital, which enters into its composition, accumulates in tissues and subsequently destroys them. The drug has a pronounced hypnotic, vasodilating, sedative and spasmolytic effect, as it contains psychotropic components: ethyl a-bromizovaleric acid (about 3%) and phenobarbital (1.12%).

According to Professor Vlasov, “these drugs are registered as a cardiac remedy, but with cardiac diseases they are useless.” “The history of valocordin production refers to those times when all diseases were fashionable to sleep, in fact both drugs have an exceptionally sedative effect, which is extremely pleasant for elderly people, especially women who are shy to drink a glass of vodka at dinner.” The therapeutic effect of the preparations by any clinical studies is not Proved “, – the expert emphasized.


According to many practitioners, Validol is nothing more than a tasty mint candy. There is practically no therapeutic benefit to it. Unless to consider a quite good effect of refreshment of breath. Nevertheless, validol remains, perhaps, one of the most popular drugs for sudden cardiac pain.


Nitroglycerin dilates small vessels and improves blood flow to individual areas of the heart muscle. Produced in different forms: a spray under the tongue, tablets, plasters, a solution for intravenous administration. Unfortunately, the drug does not differ selectivity and acts indiscriminately on all small vessels at once. What distinguishes nitroglycerin from other cardiac medicines, a few minutes after the admission, there is undoubtedly a curative effect, there is an improvement. However, the risk of a sharp drop in blood pressure should be considered. As a result, weakness, dizziness, fainting, headaches are possible. Pain, by the way, can sometimes be so intolerable that it forces you to abandon the use of nitroglycerin.

“Take the most common medicine, nitroglycerin, it is available in various forms – pills, aerosols, etc. Uncontrolled self-administration of this drug can lead to the most irreparable consequences.” – Dmitry Yemelyanovich warned.

In addition to conventional dosage forms, nitroglycerin is also used in homeopathy. Only they, according to the homoeopaths themselves, know how to increase the therapeutic effect of the medicine and at the same time significantly reduce the toxic effect.


Strangely enough, the main role of acetylsalicylic acid is the effect on blood coagulation, although we are used to treating them colds. An excellent preventive tool against heart attack and stroke in risk groups for sudden cardiac events. However, acetylsalicylic acid acts on the epithelium of the wall of the stomach, kidneys, uterus, vessels, and also affects the liver. Taking into account also the anesthetic effect of aspirin, changes in the organs can simply not be noticed, as a result, with uncontrolled use of the drug, a stomach ulcer and duodenal ulcer can be produced.


This group includes anaprilin, atenolol, bisoprolol, nebivolol, metoprolol. They are prescribed for hypertension, angina pectoris, arrhythmia, after myocardial infarction. However, one should know that in this group there are preparations so-called non-selective, that is, acting immediately on the whole organism without any selectivity, and drugs with selective action, metoprolol, as well as modern selective drugs, nebivolol. And, if the selective ones are practically devoid of side effects, nonselective ones are dangerous by possible exacerbations of bronchial asthma or obstructive bronchitis and hypoglycemia, potency violation, depression. When appointing a doctor, these side effects should be taken into account and do not hesitate to ask questions to a specialist.


In cardiology, hypothiazide, indapamide, furosemide is usually used. They are prescribed for severe heart failure and hypertension, in order to reduce the pressure on the vessels and heart, 1-2 times a day. However, along with the “extra” fluid from the body is excreted potassium. As a result, there is weakness, pain in the muscles, a heart failure, a drop in pressure, which leads to fainting and headaches. To avoid unpleasant side effects, it is better to discuss with the doctor the individual prescription of this group of drugs, taking into account the possibility of using those drugs that are merciful to potassium in the body and do not wash it clean.


The most dangerous drugs on our list are digoxin, digitoxin, strophanthin, and korglikon. They are usually prescribed for arrhythmia, but with an overdose or non-compliance with the medication prescribed by the doctor, these drugs can cause even greater problems with the heart, until it stops. Therefore, the treatment with cardiac glycosides must be under constant medical supervision, regular electrocardiographic examination is necessary.


In any case, the heart is a very important organ. As Dmitry Yemelyanovich, a cardiologist, remarked, “You can not live without a heart … It’s impossible without a brain …” So, in order not to become hostages of one’s own ailments, doctors recommend using the first warning signs to immediately contact a specialist. And in no case do not practice self-medication. It will be more expensive.