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Heart Health

05 July 2011

Common painkillers linked to irregular heartbeat

Commonly used painkillers to treat inflammation are linked to an increased risk of irregular heart rhythm.

Commonly used painkillers to treat inflammation are linked to an increased risk of irregular heart rhythm (known as atrial fibrillation or flutter), concludes a study published on bmj.com.

So, a team of researchers, led by Professor Henrik Toft Sørensen at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, used the Danish National Registry of Patients to identify 32,602 patients with a first diagnosis of atrial fibrillation or flutter between 1999 and 2008. Each case was compared with 10 age and sex-matched control patient, randomly selected from the Danish population.

 

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