Painkillers Linked to Heart Attacks

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new study finds that painkillers, such as ibuprofen, used in high-dosage for a long period of time could potentially increase your risk of heart attack.

Dr. Michael Limm, chief of cardiology at Saint Louis University Hospital, says heavy use of painkillers is often seen in patients with chronic pain.

“They take medicine to try to relieve that pain and help them feel better,” he says. “This study is another warning that says day-after-day-after-day of high dose, anti-inflammatory medications may be harmful.”

Limm encourages patients who are heavy users of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to talk to their doctors.

“If you are stuck using long-term, high-dose anti-inflammatory medications, please talk to your doctor and have a discussion about possible alternatives to try to lower that dose or to change the medication to one that potentially is safer for your heart,” Limm says.

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