Warning: Some pain meds may be risky for heart attack patients

September 21, 2012 1:50:27 PM PDT
If you've ever suffered a heart attack, you should be cautious about taking certain painkillers even years later.

Common painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen, also known as NSAIDS, are considered risky for people who've had a heart attack. Now a large study suggests those risks do not go away with time.

In this study, 20-percent of NSAID users died versus about 12 percent of non-users. Death rates in both groups then declined over the next four years. NSAID users' rates remained about double that of non-users.

Scientists say based on their findings, heart attack patients should use these painkillers with caution and only after consulting their doctor.


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