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NSAID Pain Killers Linked to Irregular Heartbeat

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  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs are among the most widely used pain killers in the world. In the United States, more than 70 million prescriptions for NSAIDs are written each year
  • Each year, an estimated 107,000 patients are hospitalized for NSAID-related gastrointestinal complications. At least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone
  • All NSAIDs, including over-the-counter aspirin and ibuprofen, are associated with potentially serious side effects such as cardiovascular problems, GI bleeding, kidney problems, and hypertension
  • Most recently, a Dutch study found that use of NSAIDs may increase your risk for atrial fibrillation, a heart condition characterized by a rapid and irregular heartbeat, which increases your risk for heart failure and stroke
  • 15 drug-free alternatives are reviewed, including K-Laser therapy

By Dr. Mercola

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs are among the most widely used pain killers in the world. In the United States, more than 70 million prescriptions for NSAIDs are written each year.


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