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 will take into account your heart condition and the medications you are taking for it when recommending options for your allergies. It is especially important to avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions. Decongestants, for example, can increase blood pressure and heart rate and cause an irregular heart rhythm, or they can interfere with blood pressure medication.
Be sure your healthcare providers have the full list of all medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you may be taking. This is essential to avoid potentially dangerous or detrimental drug interactions.