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Heartburn drugs may raise stroke risk

Study latest to raise health concern for popular proton pump inhibitors

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6:48pm, November 16, 2016
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FEELING THE BURN  Popular drugs taken for heartburn may be associated with a higher risk for stroke.

NEW ORLEANS — Popular heartburn drugs — already under investigation for possible links to dementia, kidney and heart problems (SN: 6/11/16, p. 8) — have a new health concern to add to the list. An analysis of almost 250,000 medical records in Denmark has found an association with stroke.

Researchers from the Danish Heart Foundation in Copenhagen studied patients undergoing gastric endoscopy from 1997 to 2012. About 9,500 of all patients studied suffered from ischemic strokes, which occur when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain.

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