Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs, also known as NSAIDs, have been tested among many other participants to measure the potentially heightened risk of heart attacks. As these pain medications are common, test results are important to the population’s health. Now, it seems that such treatments may have the potential to put people at risk.
Convenient painkillers such as Ibuprofen, are said to increase heart attack risk anywhere between 20 to 50 percent. This is according to a recent study published in BMJ journal. Research also found that the risk depends on the type, strength, and dosing of the NSAIDs. The team analyzed data gathered from more than 445,000 people.
NSAIDs Best Taken Over Short Periods Of Time in Low Doses
However, as professor Kevin McConway at The Open University states, “… some aspects do still remain pretty unclear. It remains possible that the painkillers aren’t actually the cause of the extra heart attacks.”
Scientists note that this was an observational study. It did not find an exact or direct link between the NSAIDs and the risk of heart attacks. According to specialists, many other factors may be involved and play a role in this connection. Still, this research can and should be taken as a warning against the overuse of such treatments.
Another study, proposed by Michele Bally of the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center, stated that this research was unable to confirm the link between NSAIDs and heart attacks. There were too many factors to account for during the study. Which reportedly led to inconclusive results.
Despite Bally’s claim of the indefinite results, she does warn that these common pain medications should still be seriously examined when taking into account heart health. Making the conscious decision to consider all alternatives before taking an NSAID simply for pain is one way of mitigating its risks.
An additional alternative to decreasing heart risks, if taking an NSAID cannot be avoided, would be to opt for the lowest dose possible. This was suggested by General Practitioner, Helen Stokes-Lampard. She also warns against taking these drugs for extended periods of time.
More complete research will need to be undertaken to prove a link between Anti-Inflammatory Drugs and heart health. However, according to reports from the most recent studies, there does seem to be a connection. As a precaution, experts recommend taking NSAIDs in small doses for short time periods.
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