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New Research: Some Arthritis Medication Dangerous to Heart

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by Lori Alton, NaturalHealth365

A large part of the population is suffering with arthritic pain and taking some kind of arthritis medication – on a daily basis.  In fact, over 50 million adults each year are diagnosed with some form of arthritis and that number is estimated to climb to as many as 78 million by the year 2040.  (keep reading for a more shocking reality)

Many will take over-the-counter painkillers to relieve symptoms, including aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. But new research adds to earlier evidence that these common painkillers – known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs – can have dangerous side effects, particularly for patients with some form of heart disease.

In seeking out ways to deal with the pain of arthritis, patients could be opening the door to a host of unintended side effects, including increased risk of ulcers, heart attack and high blood pressure. A new study gathered all research to date related to NSAIDs and found that these common arthritis remedies are especially risky for heart patients.

The study was carried out in collaboration with 14 European universities and hospitals, including a number of providers considered to be Europe’s leading heart specialists. Published in the European Heart Journal, the study results also show that many of the medications that have been in use and trusted for decades are actually as dangerous to the heart as versions that have already been removed from the market. Research shows these medications are associated with increased risk of a heart attack.

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