The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Should L-carnitine be taken to treat angina pectoris?

    Dr. Gayle Nicholas Scott at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, reviewed the evidence on Medscape .

    Here’s what we know.

    • Levocarnitine or L-carnitine is a naturally occurring amino acid.
    • It’s absorbed from dietary sources including red meat.
    • Heart muscle normally contains high levels of L-carnitine, but levels are lower in ischemia, leading to impaired electrical and contractile activities of the heart.
    • The results from 2 studies of poor design conducted more than 10 years ago were positive for L-carnitine.
    • Since then, interest in its use for angina pectoris dwindled.

    The bottom line?

    The author concluded that L-carnitine “remains an unproven approach to the treatment of angina.”

    11/16/10 19:55 JR

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