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Painkillers Increase Heart Disease Risk, Low-Income Americans Suffering More Due To Smoking & High Blood Pressure

Update Date: Jun 09, 2017 07:56 AM EDT
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The risk of heart disease due to the excess consumption of painkillers or NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) has always been a matter of discussion. In general, people have a common idea that excessive intake of these drugs can weaken the heart and increase any sort of cardiovascular ailment.

A recent research has proved that taking painkillers can increase the risk of heart disease, mainly heart attacks and strokes. Even if it they are prescription-strength painkiller drugs, it is always better to consume as low as possible for the shortest amount of time to avoid any serious effect in the heart, as reported by Star2.com.

Some Prescription And Nonprescription NSAIDs Drugs That Can Affect The Heart

For the people who are unaware of NSAIDs drugs, these are mainly used to treat pain and inflammation. Some common nonprescription NSAIDs include ibuprofen and naproxen, whereas the NSAIDs drugs available by prescription include diclofenac sodium and celecoxib.

All these have a high tendency to increase the risk of heart attack or any type of cardiovascular disease. However, aspirin does not appear to increase the chance of heart attack or stroke, despite the fact that it is also a type of NSAID.

The researchers have warned that people who already have heart  issues should be careful in using NSAIDs because it will increase the risk of a critical condition, quite higher than before. Whereas, for those who don’t have heart problems, they should not unnecessarily consume painkillers if the pain or inflammation can be tolerated.

Report Says High Risk Of Heart Disease For Poorer Americans

According to Modern Healthcare, healthcare professionals in America in the last two decades have given incessant effort to reduce heart disease but a new study has found that low-income individuals or simply poor people remain highly vulnerable to develop heart disease. This may be because of what the report mentioned that smoking and high blood pressure is quite prevalent among low-income individuals.

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