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Anti-inflammatories tied to cardiac risk

Heart attack survivors using certain painkillers are more likely to die or suffer another event

People who have survived a heart attack seem to increase their risk of having another one, or of dying, by taking common painkillers called NSAIDs, a popular class of drugs that includes ibuprofen.

The unsettling link between non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and heart attack risk is not new. The American Heart Association released guidelines in 2007 discouraging the use of any NSAIDs among people with a history of cardiovascular disease. Researchers in Denmark now bolster that link with the largest study to date of NSAID use in heart patients. The findings appear September 10 in Circulation.

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