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Common painkillers may raise risk of heart attack by 100 percent

Risk of myocardial infarction is greatest in first month of taking NSAIDs such as ibuprofen if dose is high, say researchers

By Haroon Siddique  /  The Guardian

He advised that it offered “no reason to induce anxiety in most users of these drugs.”

Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, the chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “These drugs can be effective in providing short-term pain relief for some patients — what is important is that any decision to prescribe is based on a patient’s individual circumstances and medical history, and is regularly reviewed.”

About 190,000 people a year go to hospital due to heart attacks in the UK, according to the British Heart Foundation.

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