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Hawthorn Extract for Chronic Heart Failure

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 These results suggest that there is a significant benefit in symptom control and physiologic outcomes from hawthorn extract as an adjunctive treatment for chronic heart failure.

I supplement with hawthorn extract daily. I supplement with a number of supplements shown by research to be heart healthy. I do this because I have been diagnosed with:

  • Chemotherapy-induced cardi0myopathy
  • Chemotherapy-induced Atrial Fibrillation
  • Possibly Marfan’s Disease (runs in my family-)

I am writing this post in order to encourage people with chronic heart failure, as defined in the study linked below, to add Hawthorn extract to their daily heart regimen.

I have been able to manage my cardiovascular disease without any conventional heart medications. I originally tried metoprolol, had a bad reaction to it and decided to try non-conventional therapies.

I am not anti-heart meds, I am simply offering Hawthorn as either a primary or complementary therapy shown to provide heart health.

What is Hawthorn Extract?

Hawthorn extract, derived from the berries, leaves, and flowers of the hawthorn plant (Crataegus species), has been traditionally used for various health purposes, particularly for cardiovascular health. However, it’s essential to note that while some studies suggest potential benefits, more research is needed to establish conclusive evidence. Here are some potential risks and benefits associated with Hawthorn extract for heart health:

Potential Benefits:

  1. Heart Health: Hawthorn extract has been traditionally used to support heart health. It is believed to have vasodilatory effects, which means it may help widen blood vessels, potentially improving blood flow and reducing blood pressure.
  2. Heart Failure: Some studies suggest that Hawthorn may have a positive impact on symptoms of chronic heart failure. It may help improve exercise tolerance, reduce symptoms like shortness of breath and fatigue, and enhance overall quality of life in individuals with heart failure.
  3. Antioxidant Properties: Hawthorn contains flavonoids and other antioxidants that may help protect the heart from oxidative stress, which is linked to cardiovascular diseases.
  4. Cholesterol Levels: Some studies indicate that Hawthorn extract may have a modest impact on lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels and increasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels.

Potential Risks:

  1. Interactions with Medications: Hawthorn extract may interact with certain medications, including those used for heart conditions. It is crucial to consult with a healthcare professional before adding Hawthorn to your regimen, especially if you are taking medications like beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, or digoxin.
  2. Gastrointestinal Issues: In some cases, individuals taking Hawthorn extract may experience mild gastrointestinal issues such as nausea or upset stomach.
  3. Allergic Reactions: Some people may be allergic to components of Hawthorn, leading to allergic reactions. If you experience symptoms like rash, itching, or swelling, seek medical attention.
  4. Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: There is limited research on the safety of Hawthorn extract during pregnancy and breastfeeding, so it’s advisable for pregnant and breastfeeding women to consult with their healthcare providers before using it.
  5. Liver Enzyme Interactions: There is some concern that Hawthorn extract might interfere with liver enzyme function, although more research is needed to fully understand this potential risk.

As with any supplement or herbal remedy, it’s essential to approach it with caution and consult with a healthcare professional before use, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions or are taking medications. Additionally, the effectiveness and safety of herbal supplements can vary based on the specific product and dosage.

I should also put in a plug for other evidence-based heart health therapies including:

  • Daily moderate exercise-
  • Meditteranean Diet-
  • curcumin
  • resveratrol
  • Cocoa powder-
  • Omega-3 fatty acids-

and more.

Are you a cancer survivor? Have you undergone cardiotoxic chemotherapy? Would you like to learn more about evidence-based non-conventional health therapies? Let me know- David.PeopleBeatingCancer@gmail.com.


David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Hawthorn extract for treating chronic heart failure

“Hawthorn extract is advocated as an oral treatment option for chronic heart failure. Also, the German Commission E approved the use of extracts of hawthorn leaf with flower in patients suffering from heart failure graded stage II according to the New York Heart Association…

Objectives-To assess the benefits and harms as reported in double‐blind randomised clinical trials of hawthorn extract compared with placebo for treating patients with chronic heart failure…

Main results- Fourteen trials met all inclusion criteria and were included in this review. In most of the studies, hawthorn was used as an adjunct to conventional treatment.

Ten trials including 855 patients with chronic heart failure (New York Heart Association classes I to III) provided data that were suitable for meta‐analysis. For the physiologic outcome of maximal workload, treatment with hawthorn extract was more beneficial than placebo.

  • Exercise tolerance were significantly increased by hawthorn extract.
  • The pressure‐heart rate product, an index of cardiac oxygen consumption, also showed a beneficial decrease with hawthorn treatment.
  • Symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue improved significantly with hawthorn treatment as compared with placebo.
  • No data on relevant mortality and morbidity such as cardiac events were reported, apart from one trial, which reported deaths (three in active, one in control) without providing further details.
  • Reported adverse events were infrequent, mild, and transient; they included nausea, dizziness, and cardiac and gastrointestinal complaints.

Authors’ conclusions- These results suggest that there is a significant benefit in symptom control and physiologic outcomes from hawthorn extract as an adjunctive treatment for chronic heart failure.”

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