Heart health, Muscle Fatigue and Statin Drugs

The heart muscle is a dense reservoir of nutrients, which may become depleted not only with age, but also with cardiovascular disease and ischemic damage. Nutritional and herbal support for a healthy heart consists of herbs such as salvia miltiorrhiza (danshen), crataegusmonogyna (hawthorn), and minerals and vitamins such as folic acid, and vitamins B12, as well as 150 mg CoQ10.These nutrients areparticularly beneficial in the management of cardiovascular conditions associated with reduced cardiac output, coronary artery disease, angina, high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure.

Elderly people may also be more likely to be medicated withStatin medications if they have these conditions. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (i.e. statins) are widely used to manage elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. While effective at inhibiting hepatic (liver) cholesterol synthesis, statin medications may also inhibit endogenous CoQ10 production due to the effect of statins on the shared biosynthetic pathways. This may result in a number of side-effects – the most notable of which being muscle fatigue. Doses of just 100 mg of CoQ10 per day have been found to be effective in attenuating statin-induced CoQ10 depletion without adversely affecting the lipid lowering capacity of the medication. If the patient is medicated with statins, beta blockers, oral contraceptives, or even certain anti-diabetic medications, consider the above nutrients for the heart and circulation.

For more detailed help with individual cases, call our professional Naturopathic Practitioner:

A Natural Self
A Naturopathy Clinic
Dana Kington
Naturopath
244 South Tce
South Fremantle, 6162
Perth