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Published on Jan 04, 2006 by Edgar Snyder

Heart Patients Should Avoid L-arginine


L-arginine, an over-the-counter dietary supplement, advertised as having the potential to reduce vascular stiffness actually can lead to death. Six heart attack patients died after taking L-Arginine.

A recent study of 153 heart attack sufferers found no benefit to patients taking the supplement. L-arginine did not reduce their vascular stiffness or improve the ability of the heart to pump blood. The study was cut short, only two months into the planned two year study, after six heart attack patients died.

L-arginine is also used as a treatment for hypertension, angina, heart failure, and sexual dysfunction. Heart attack patients are urged to avoid the dietary supplement.

For more information about dangerous drugs, visit the Dangerous Drug Legal Center.

Please note: All of our lawyers are licensed to practice in the state of Pennsylvania. We also have lawyers licensed to practice in Ohio, and West Virginia and we associate with experienced attorneys in other states. In addition, all drug-related litigation involves co-counsel.

Source: “Heart Patients Are Urged to Avoid L-Arginine.” By Reuters News Service. The Wall Street Journal. January 4, 2006.
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