NSAIDs boost heart attack risk within a week of use

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Painkillers can increase users’ risk for heart attack within a week of usage, according to a new study published in the BMJ.

The team, led by Michèle Bally of McGill University, focused on the impact of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on cardiovascular health. They settled on data covering 446,000 people using NSAIDs, including 385,000 who did not have heart attacks, known medically as myocardial infarctions.

 “By studying 61,460 myocardial infarction events in real-world use of NSAIDs, we found that current use of a NSAID is associated with a significantly increased risk of acute myocardial infarction," the authors wrote.

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