Life threatening complication of self-made remedy for controlling high blood pressure-coronary artery vasospasm associated with iatrogenic thyrotoxicosis

In Sook Kang, Wook Bum Pyun

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Abstract

We report the case of a middle aged woman who was previously diagnosed with hypertension. She had been drinking a kelp concentrate solution daily for her hypertension instead of taking the prescribed medicine due to her personal beliefs about the kelp solution. As a consequence, she experienced vasospastic angina complicated by myocardial infarction and cardiogenic syncope resulting from iatrogenic thyrotoxicosis. Complementary medicine is widely used by the general population. However, there is still a lack of evidence regarding their efficacy and safety. This case shows that inadequate use of complementary medicine could have no effect and may even be harmful. In patients with chronic diseases such as hypertension, self-care in the form of life style modification, home blood pressure monitoring and medial adherence are important for disease management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)870-874
Number of pages5
JournalKorean Circulation Journal
Volume46
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2016

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2016 The Korean Society of Cardiology.

Keywords

  • Adherence
  • Angina pectoris
  • Complementary medicine
  • Kelp
  • Thyrotoxicosis
  • Variant

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