If you are a heart disease patient with high blood pressure

And take a class of painkillers called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) then you are at a greater risk for a stroke, heart attack, or even death according to new studies published in The American Journal of Medicine (July 2011).

Could Your Painkillers Put You at Risk?

If you take NSAIDs, then you may be at risk for a heart attack, stroke, or death. Be sure to check with your doctor before taking these medications.

Medications that qualify as NSAIDs include aspirin, Celebrex, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve).

It is suspected that the length of NSAID use drives the risk and that occasional use could be alright.

Of course, with research still being done, doctors recommend that patients with heart disease and high blood pressure use other forms of pain relief. Perhaps acetaminophen or topical agents would be a better choice than NSAIDs for the time being.

To learn more about the research of NSAIDs, click here.

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