What a week of pain relievers does to your heart

By now, you’ve probably heard that taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.

In fact, a study that came out last year showed that these drugs attack your mitochondria (the powerhouses of your cells) and prevent them from giving your body the energy it needs to keep your heart pumping.

But you may not realize just how quickly these drugs can take a toll on your ticker…

You don’t have to take these drugs for years and years to experience an elevated heart attack risk. Taking them for just one week will do the trick.  And your heart attack risk is highest the first month you take NSAIDs.

Talk about a steep learning curve…

If you make the seemingly harmless decision to try one of these drugs to see if it helps with your arthritis, migraines, sprained knee, gout or any other painful condition, you could be putting your heart in grave and immediate danger.

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NSAIDs put your heart in harm’s way

Recently, a group of international researchers reviewed studies from an assortment of healthcare databases (including databases from Canada, Finland, and the United Kingdom) to see how NSAID use impacted heart attack risk.

They looked at the health data of 446,763 people (61,460 of whom had a heart attack) and concluded with a high degree of probability (90 percent) that taking NSAIDs was very much associated with heart attack risk. In fact, based on their calculations, using NSAIDs increased heart attack risk by an astonishing 20 to 50 percent.

Even scarier, the increased risk of heart attack started within the first week of taking NSAIDs, and the risk remained the highest for the first month of NSAID use. Researchers don’t believe the risk continues to increase the longer you use NSAIDs. But, the fact of the matter is, they don’t know for sure. Unsurprisingly, they also determined that taking higher doses of NSAIDs puts you at a higher heart attack risk.

Researchers examined a variety of NSAIDs in their review, including ibuprofen (a.k.a. Midol, Advil, and Motrin), Naproxen (a.k.a. Midol and Aleve), Diclofenac (a.k.a. Voltaren, Cambia, and Solaraze), Celecoxib (a.k.a. Celebrex) and Rofecoxib (a.k.a. Vioxx), which has now been withdrawn from the market due to safety concerns.

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All of these NSAIDs were associated with an increased risk of heart attack. Rofecoxib increased the risk the most. While the three traditional NSAIDs — diclofenac, ibuprofen, and naproxen — were associated with the lowest level of risk.

Of course, in my book, taking these drugs is just not worth any level of risk… especially when you’re dealing with something as serious as a heart attack. Not to mention, when there are safer alternatives out there…

Finding heart-friendly pain relief

There are so many natural anti-inflammatories and pain-relievers out there, at times, it can be hard to choose. The best choice for you will largely depend on what type of inflammation or pain you’re dealing with. But here are a few effective options you may want to consider:

  • DMSO. Dr. Mark Wiley says it’s one of the safest and most effective topical analgesics and anti-inflammatory products around.
  • Acupuncture. It’s been shown time and time again to improve serious pain conditions like chronic lower back pain and osteoarthritis.
  • A high-dose turmeric supplement can knock out joint pain, headache pain and more. Peak Triple Relief is my choice because it also includes ginger, black cumin seed and vitamin D. All are well-researched, powerful anti-inflammatory natural pain relievers, in my book.
  • Previous research has shown that vitamin D affects the body’s inflammation response in a way that lowers the sensation of pain.

Editor’s note: There are numerous safe and natural ways to decrease your risk of blood clots including the 25-cent vitamin, the nutrient that acts as a natural blood thinner and the powerful herb that helps clear plaque. To discover these and more, click here for Hushed Up Natural Heart Cures and Common Misconceptions of Popular Heart Treatments!

Sources:

  1. Heightened risk of heart attacks found with common painkillers in routine use — MedicalXpress. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  2. Bally, et al. “Risk of acute myocardial infarction with NSAIDs in real-world use: bayesian meta-analysis of individual patient data.” — BMJ, 2017.

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Margaret Cantwell

By Margaret Cantwell

Margaret Cantwell began her paleo diet in 2010 in an effort to lose weight. Since then, the diet has been instrumental in helping her overcome a number of other health problems. Thanks to the benefits she has enjoyed from her paleo diet and lifestyle, she dedicates her time as managing editor of Easy Health Digest™, researching and writing about a broad range of health and wellness topics, including diet, exercise, nutrition and supplementation, so that readers can also be empowered to experience their best health possible.