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Painkillers and Heart Attacks — Expert Reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on May 10th, 2017.

A new study published today in The BMJ found that taking NSAID painkillers (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to treat pain and inflammation could heighten the risk of heart attack. Collectively, the study analysed data from 446,763 people from Canada, Finland and the United Kingdom, and found that taking any dose of NSAIDs for a week, a month, or over a month was […]

Antibiotics and heart deaths – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on August 20th, 2014.

One of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics – clarithromycin – is linked with an increased risk of heart deaths, suggests a new study published in the BMJ. The researchers looked at over 5 million treatment courses among Danish adults aged 40-74 years from 1997 to 2011 and found that clarithromycin is linked with a 76 per cent […]

Painkiller research confirms heart risk – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 31st, 2013.

New research confirms and clarifies the link between high doses of commonly prescribed painkillers and adverse cardiovascular events such as heart attacks. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NASIDs) —  such as diclofenac and ibuprofen — have been the cornerstone in managing pain in people with inflammatory disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, and are some of the most commonly […]

Anti-inflammatory drugs and cardiovascular risk

John Kerr posted in on September 28th, 2011.

A review of research has clarified the heart and stroke risks associated with taking anti-inflammatory drugs. Australian and Canadian researchers have analyzed the risk of heart attack and stroke from commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Nurofen and Voltaren, by reviewing a number of studies. Of the drugs investigated, naproxen and low-dose ibuprofen (Nurofen) […]

Anti-smoking drug increases heart attack risk

John Kerr posted in on July 5th, 2011.

A new study has found that a smoking cessation drug prescribed in New Zealand is associated with an increased risk of heart attack. The research, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, examined data from several randomised controlled trials and found that the use of varenicline (branded Champix in New Zealand) was associated with a […]

NZ Herald: Popular painkillers ‘lift stroke, heart risk’

Peter Griffin posted in on January 14th, 2011.

Martin Johnston writes in the New Zealand Herald about a new study which suggests that the long-term use of popular painkillers, including NSAIDs like ibuprofen and diclofenac, increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. It found that ibuprofen use was associated with three times’ higher risk for stroke than placebos (the highest risk), with […]

NBR: Short people at greater risk of heart disease

Peter Griffin posted in on June 10th, 2010.

Scientists have found a link between height and heart disease: the shorter we are, the higher our risk, although the reason for this is unclear. The research, which came from over 52 studies, found that the shortest people were 1.5 times more likely than the tallest to live with a heart disease, die from a […]

Stuff/NZPA: Smoking ban reduces heart attacks – study

Peter Griffin posted in on March 18th, 2010.

International researchers have found a possible link between banning smoking in restaurants/bars, and a decrease in the incidence of severe heart attacks in New Zealand. The study, conducted by Scottish researchers, looked at the incidence of severe heart attacks three years after the smoking ban was introduced, and found a significant decrease. An excerpt: (read […]

Erectile dysfunction as a heart attack predictor

Peter Griffin posted in on October 22nd, 2008.

Erectile dysfunction can provide an early warning of a heart attack two or three years before one occurs, an expert writing in the British Medical Journal has claimed. News wrap: Reuters: Doctors ignoring impotence as heart risk – expert Telegraph: Erectile problems a ‘warning sign for heart attack’ To speak to an exert on erectile […]

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