11 May '11, 11am

Painkillers can increase the risk of a second heart attack: Study

Ibuprofen and other similar painkillers can significantly increase the risk of heart attack patients suffering a second incident soon after the first, a study has found. Heart attack survivors on prescription doses of a group of painkillers called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include ibuprofen, were 45 per cent more likely to suffer a second attack within a week of the first as those taking none, Danish researchers found. Those taking one in particular, called diclofenac, were three times more likely to suffer another heart attack within a week of the first. The results were from a study almost 84,000 Danish heart attack survivors, whose average age was 68, of whom 42 per cent were taking a prescription NSAID.

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/Worldinbrief/EDC110511-0...

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