New research featured on WEBMD from a Danish study suggests that heart attack survivors who use common pain relievers may have a higher risk of having another heart attack or dying. The study links non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Celebrex, Aleve, Motron, and Voltaren to poorer outcomes with heart patients.
This is just another in a series of studies which recently suggests that the pain relivers should be used cautiously. The research does not categorically provide that NSAIDS are responsible for the events, however. Still, as Anne-Marie Schjerning Olsen, MD, who led the study says, "Our results indicate that use of NSAIDS is associated with persistently increased coronary risk, regardless of the time elapsed after a heart attack. Thus, long-term caution is advised in all patients."
According to the study, those patients who took NSAID pain relievers after a heart attack had a 59% increased risk of death from any cause within one year of having the attack, and a 63% increased risk over five years.
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