Study: Painkillers could be trouble for heart patients

February 3, 2009 2:47:25 PM PST
Use of a class of painkillers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, by patients with chronic heart failure is associated with increased risk of death and cardiovascular illness. That's according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The use of NSAIDs such as Vioxx, Celebrex, as well as ibuprofen and naproxen, were associated with this increase.

Scientists aren't sure why and don't know if a low dosage is safer. They say, in the meantime, because of accumulating evidence, general awareness is required from physicians and patients.