Reports show painkillers linked to heart disorder


July 5, 2011 2:52:33 PM PDT
New reports show that commonly used painkillers may raise the risk of atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm disorder connected to a higher risk of stroke.

The drugs in question are known as NSAIDs and COX-II inhibitors.

Research results show a 70 percent increased risk for COX-II inhibitors and a 40 percent increase in risk for NSAID users among new users of the drugs.

NSAIDs are medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Naproxen.

Celebrex is the only widely used COX-II inhibitor on the market today.

Previous research has linked NSAIDs and COX-II inhibitors to an increased risk for heart attacks and strokes. This is the first study that links the painkillers to atrial fibrillation.