9 alternative and OTC products that can worsen heart failure

Over-the-counter and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) products should include warnings about the risk of heart failure, says a leading doctors' group.

The American Heart Association says commonly used OTC products such as NSAIDs may trigger or worsen heart failure by causing sodium and fluid retention, and making diuretic medications less effective.

OTC heartburn medications and cold remedies may also contain significant amounts of sodium, which is usually restricted in patients with heart