28 Oct '15, 1pm

Supplements send thousands of Americans to ER each year

Supplements send thousands of Americans to ER each year

Dietary supplements send an average of 23,000 Americans to hospital emergency rooms each year, according to a new study by the federal government. The problems include heart-related issues such as chest pain and an irregular or rapid heartbeat. PHOTO BREAK: 9 strange brews from around the world “People may not realize that dietary supplements can cause any adverse events, but every year thousands of Americans are treated in emergency rooms for symptoms attributed to dietary supplements,” says Dr. Andrew Geller, medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who led the study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine . More than half of ER visits due to supplements involved female patients. Young adults between the ages of 20 and 34 were most at risk. The study found that supplements for weight loss and energy caused the most problems. O...

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