An international study revealed that the use of ibuprofen is closely related to an increased risk of developing heart attacks. Thus, in Australia, there were imposed some restrictions regarding the sale of over-the-counter painkillers. A Danish study which lasted ten years and which surveyed 30,000 patients revealed that the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen which is usually sold as Advil or Nurofen, was connected to a 31% growth of the risk of cardiac arrest.
After an extensive study, researchers established that ibuprofen can lead to heart attacks
Gunnar Gislason, a Professor of Cardiology at Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte in Denmark who is also the author of the study, stated that since these drugs can be bought without a prescription, it sends a signal to people who start believing that these pills are safe. Researchers have analyzed all out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients in Denmark starting with 2001 and until 2010.
Specialists used data from the nationwide Danish Cardiac Arrest Registry. They have collected information about all delivered prescriptions for NSAIDs from Danish pharmacies starting with 1995. The list of drugs which are part of the NSAIDs contains celecoxib, rofecoxib, ibuprofen, naproxen, and diclofenac.
Taking ibuprofen can increase the risk of heart problems by 31%
Patients who used diclofenac indicated to have a great risk of developing cardiac arrest, being estimated at 51%, while those who took ibuprofen were exposed to a 31% risk of suffering a heart attack. Specialists indicated that NSAIDs are known to cause arteries’ constriction. If the health of the arteries is jeopardized, then the blood flow to the heart is impaired, blood clotting remains uncontrolled, and the blood pressure rises.
Garry Jennings, a chief medical officer at the Australian Heart Foundation, argued that these findings support gathering evidence that these pills are responsible for a high risk of heart attacks. Professor Jennings stated that even if there is a relatively decreased risk, the most important thing is that the heart attack risk is real and cannot be avoided.
However, he argued that people should not panic because usually, these drugs tend to pose a threat for those who already experience heart problems and the pills may aggravate the symptoms. There is no definite proof that these pills may cause a heart attack or cardiac arrest all of a sudden, without other symptoms. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of the fact that they may have some heart problems. It is always best to pay attention to what kind of drugs we use to not risk our lives.
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