Chronic Use of Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Doubles the Risk of Death by Heart Attack 

Relief of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and low back painDo you take any of the following over the counter medications:

Ibuprofen     Aleve     

Midol        Celebrex

Drugs such as the above, also known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are frequently taken to relieve pain from conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and low back pain.  They seem harmless enough; however, for those who take these medications regularly to relieve their pain, it can pose a serious risk to their long term health.

These types of drugs seem harmless enough; however, for regular users, they can pose serious risks to their long-term health.

The July 2011 issue of the American Journal of Medicine published some alarming research.  The study, which was based on results from a group of more than 22,000 patients, found that those who were chronic users of such drugs had more than double the risk of death by heart attack as compared with people who infrequently or never used the drugs. 

Lead author of the study, Dr. Anthony Bavry of the University of Florida stated that “This is not the first study to show there is a potential harm with these agents, but I think if further solidifies that concern.”

“Concerned? Why does a study like this not cause alarm?!” says Dr. Patrick. We’ve known for  a long time that aspirin and acid reflux are related. That’s because aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications cause gastric bleeding. In addition to an increased risk of death by heart attacks, another 16,500 Americans die each year from gastric bleeding caused by these drugs (New England Journal of Medicine 1999).

If you or anyone you know is a chronic or frequent user of these drugs and would like to reduce harmful risks, talk to Dr. Patrick about drug free alternatives to your pain.

Dr. Patrick Giammarise D.C., Internal Health Specialist, Founder of the Digestion Relief Center, in Chico California,  specializes in effective, natural relief for food sensitivities and digestion problems. Dr. Patrick can be reached at 530-899-8741.

2012, © Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC. All Rights Reserved.

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