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Antibiotics for 2 Months Increase Stroke and Heart Attack Risk

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Women aged 60 and older who used antibiotics for two months or longer were 32% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than women who did not use such drugs
  • Among women in late adulthood who take antibiotics for two months or more, six per 1,000 would develop cardiovascular disease, compared to three per 1,000 for women who did not
  • Women in middle age (40 to 59 years) who used antibiotics for longer than two months also had a 28% increased risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Antibiotics’ role in wiping out beneficial gut bacteria was highlighted as a likely reason for the increased heart risks

Using antibiotics for an extended period of time during middle-age or later may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in women.

The finding comes from a study published in the European Heart Journal, which revealed women aged 60 and over who used antibiotics for two months or longer had significantly increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke, compared to women who did not.


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