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Open Access Traditional Chinese Medicine Is Widely Used for Cardiovascular Disease

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A review article by Hao et al. (J Am Coll Cardiol 2017;69(24):2952‐66) has had huge repercussions among those familiar with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in the international academic community. It evaluated the efficacy and safety of TCM for cardiovascular disease and the pharmacological effect of active TCM ingredients on the cardiovascular system and potential mechanisms. We have several comments: Firstly, we give a brief summary addressing nonpharmacotherapy in TCM, including acupuncture, moxibustion, Qigong, and Tai Chi. Secondly, we have added traditional antiarrhythmic drug‐related randomized controlled trials to make the coverage more comprehensive. Lastly, we support the concept that research into, development of, and application of active ingredients is part of modern TCM.
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Keywords: arrhythmia-related randomized controlled trials; cardiovascular disease; nonpharmacotherapy; traditional Chinese medicine; wide use

Document Type: Letter to the Editor

Publication date: May 1, 2018

This article was made available online on May 3, 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "Traditional Chinese Medicine Is Widely Used for Cardiovascular Disease".

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  • Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) publishes focused articles and original clinical research that explore novel developments in cardiovascular disease, effective control and rehabilitation in cardiovascular disease, and promote cardiovascular innovations and applications for the betterment of public health globally. The journal publishes basic research that has clinical applicability in order to promote timely communication of the latest insights relating to coronary artery disease, heart failure, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, prevention of cardiovascular disease with a heavy emphasis on risk factor modification. Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications is the official journal of the Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology (GW-ICC). It aims to continue the work of the GW-ICC by providing a global scientific communication platform for cardiologists that bridges East and West.

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