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Safe Supplement Use

Supplements may help you prevent or treat heart problems if you’re savvy. Don't blindly take every supplement that's labeled "heart healthy." Swallowing handfuls of supplements a day could be useless -- and dangerous.

Pay attention to what the supplement does, and make sure you really need it. Do you need to raise your good cholesterol or lower your bad cholesterol?

Ask your doctor which supplement is most likely to help. If you have a heart condition or other risk factors for heart attack, for your safety, you must follow your doctor's advice. Trying to treat a serious health condition on your own with over-the-counter supplements is way too risky.

As long as your doctor says using a supplement is safe and won't interfere with your other treatments, give it a try. You and your doctor may like the results.