If your heart is set on taking painkillers, you might need to reconsider. Researchers have found that people who take painkillers after experiencing a heart attack are more likely to die or experience a second heart attack.
The study found that heart attack survivors who took non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were more likely to die one year after their heart attack. The culprits include over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen, as well as the prescription drug Celebrex.
“It is important to get the message out to clinicians taking care of patients with cardiovascular disease that NSAIDs are harmful, even several years after a heart attack,” said lead author Anne-Marie Schjerning Olsen, M.D. “Allowing a drug to be sold without prescription must be perceived by the general public as a strong signal of safety, and may be contrary in this case.”