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Heart Health

11 June 2010

Pain relievers raise heart risk

Healthy people who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve minor aches and pains may raise their risk of dying from heart-related problems, a Danish study finds.

Healthy people who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve minor aches and pains may raise their risk of dying from heart-related problems, a Danish study finds.

"Very few studies have been designed to answer the important question: Do NSAIDs also increase the cardiovascular risk among healthy people who use these drugs for minor complaints?" said lead author Dr Emil L Fosbol, a cardiologist at Gentofte University Hospital in Hellerup.

"This study is the first to confirm that the cardiovascular risk is indeed increased when healthy individuals use some of the drugs."

Varied risks

 

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