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Is it safe to take seasonal allergy medication if I have heart disease?

If you are a heart patient and you also suffer from seasonal allergies, it is important that you discuss your over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription allergy medication options with your cardiologist. Your cardiologist can recommend which allergy medications are safe for you based on how severe your cardiovascular disease is and also on which medications you are already taking. Decongestants, for example, can increase blood pressure and heart rate and cause an irregular heart rhythm. They can also interfere with blood pressure medication.
Be sure to share the list of all medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you may be taking with your cardiologist and primary care healthcare provider to avoid potentially dangerous or detrimental drug interactions.

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