Anti-inflammatory drugs and heart attacks: How real are the risks?

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Science Based Medicine

Many of us are familiar with the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil, Motrin and Aspirin. They’re among the most versatile and arguably well-loved drugs in our medicine cabinets. They offer good pain control, reduce inflammation, and can treat fever effectively. We give NSAIDs to infants, continue them in adulthood for the aches and pains of modern life, and take them regularly, often at prescription-level dosages, in our later years for the treatment of chronic conditions like osteoarthritis. An astonishing 17 million Americans use NSAIDs on a daily basis, and this number is expected to keep growing as the population ages.

Surprisingly, while drugs like ASA (aspirin), naproxen and ibuprofen don’t require a prescriptions, they have a long list of serious side effects. Not only do they cause stomach ulcers and bleeding by damaging the gastrointestinal mucosa, there are cardiovascular risks, too. It was the arrival (and departure) of

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