Study Finds Link Between Painkillers and Heart Rhythm Disorder

Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- A new study finds that pain relievers, known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, may increase the risk for atrial fibrillation.

Cardiac Electro Physiologist for Barnes Jewish Hospital Phillip Cuculich says that Aleve and Motrin are the two most common pain medicines in the United States.

“In general, I would say further studies need it, but if you’re doctor believes that these NSAIDs are going to be helpful to manage your pain, then there’s no reason to suffer without them,” Cuculich says.

He says that the study found an association, but not a direct cause and effect. So, there could be other factors involved that have not been found as of yet.

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