Aspirin and ibuprofen proven to cause heart attacks

Aspirin News(NaturalHealth365) On June 14, a groundbreaking study presented at the Annual Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism provided compelling data proving that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen can cause heart attacks.

At the conference, Dr. Carl Orr from the Department of Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons, stated:

The side effect profile and safety of NSAIDs has been commonly reported, but little is known about treatment duration and its implications for cardiovascular risk. This data demonstrates an immediate increase in the risk of death and MI [heart attack], challenging the safety of even short-term use. The introduction of physician guidelines to assist safe prescribing of this class of drug is vital, and the only way to keep patient safety at the forefront of disease management.

Shocking statistics from Dr. Orr’s study

Software was used to analyze 10,000 patients registered with a large primary care facility who fit the following profile:

• Over 50 years old.
• Had been prescribed NSAIDs in the past.
• Was previously diagnosed with ischemic heart disease, diabetes mellitus and/or hypertension.

Computer generated data discovered that in late 2012 108 patients were prescribed NSAIDs over a two-month period and 36 percent had established ischemic heart disease or risk factors for cardiovascular disease. It’s also interesting to note that the average treatment prescribed was 265 days, 56 percent were prescribed NSAIDs for longer than one month, and 15 percent for a year or longer. In addition, in 55 percent of cases, diclofenac was the NSAID prescribed.

This last point has caused much concern due to diclofenac’s well-known side effects including heart attacks, strokes and internal bleeding. Disheartened, Dr. Orr subsequently concluded, “We find it disconcerting that diclofenac was prescribed in 55 percent of cases and suggest that recommendations to switch to safer alternatives are a critical component of any physician guidelines.”

Research is mounting against NSAID use

Dr. Orr’s study is not sitting alone on some obsure island. Scores of studies have been and are being published correlating significant health risks to common pain killers. Just this past May 30, for example, the world-renown journal Lancet published the results of the famous Coxib and traditional NSAID Trialists’ (CNT) Collaboration – a study in which data was employed from more than 350,000 randomized patients.

From their research, the authors confidently concluded:

• Heart failure risk was roughly doubled by all NSAIDs.

• All NSAID regimens increased upper gastrointestinal complications.

• Major vascular events were increased by about a third by a coxib [Cox-2 inhibitor], chiefly due to an increase in major coronary events.

• Ibuprofen also significantly increased major coronary events, but not major vascular events.

Ironically, NSAIDs have been heralded by the medical community for their ability to prevent heart attacks and strokes because they supposedly help prevent blood clots from forming in the blood stream. In fact, while waiting for the emergency response team to arrive, it is common practice for physicians to provide patients with aspirin if they are suspected of having a heart attack in their office.

Let’s not forget the biggest issue with taking NSAIDs

NSAIDs are the most prescribed medications in the world and are among the most common pain relievers globally. It is believed that up to 30 million people take NSAID’s every day. Used to reduce arthritis complaints, fever and swelling NSAIDs are Cox-1 and Cox-2 enzyme inhibitors. By blocking these enzymes, the prostaglandin cascade is inhibited and the body’s natural inflammatory response is prohibited; thus keeping pain, swelling and fevers at bay, but not addressing the root cause of the disease process.

Prescription NSAIDs include:

• Daypro
• Indocin
• Lodine
• Naprosyn
• Relafen
• Vimovo
• Voltaren

Over-the-counter NSAIDs include:

• Aspirin (Bufferin, Bayer, and Excedrin)
• Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin)
• Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis)
• Naproxen (Aleve)

There are safer alternatives to NSAIDs

A plethora of safe, natural alternatives exist so you don’t need to feel pressured to use NSAIDs. Contact your local natural health provider today to see what works for you. And, don’t overlook the power of natural foods to reduce inflammation – like eating plenty of fruits and veggies – loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C.

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Sources:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130614082637.htm
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)60900-9/abstract
http://www.drugs.com/diclofenac.html

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  • Val

    Interesting findings. There are many cardiologists that promote taking a baby aspirin a day. Too many people take way too many pain killers. Clean food (no GMO’s No antibiotics and hormones, no pesticides and herbicides) Clean water, Clean air, and natural supplements, exercise is really what is needed to stay healthy.

    • Gavin

      Natural supplements are not needed to stay healthy — a good mix of meat and vegetables has all the nutrition you need. In modern life, it is sometimes hard to get the right mix of meat and vegetables, so supplements are a nice way to ensure you’re getting enough, but they are in no way “what is needed to stay healthy”.

      As far as the study goes, NSAID is a pretty broad definition. It stands for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug — there’s a lot of different anti-inflammatories that are not steriods, and they all have different effects/risk. Specifically, low-dose aspirin (baby aspirin) has been shown to lower the risk of heart attack, while Diclofenac (the drug mentioned in this article) has been known for a while to increase the risk of heart attack much more than other NSAIDs.

      • ratherberiding54

        I don’t agree at all that supplements aren’t needed. With our soils being so mineral depleted (’92 Earth Summit), there is no way anyone can get all the minerals they need. I grew up on a farm, I ate fresh veggies/fruits all the time, nothing from a can, and I can tell you if it weren’t for whole food supplements I would be on high blood pressure/cholesterol meds like the rest of my family. I will be 60yo next year and never felt better — with NO medications. I’ve reversed so many health issues in my family that I became a health coach. Unfortunately our farmers aren’t taught that they need to replenish the soil with more than NPK.

  • Shahila Rose

    “Bear in mind that since medications do not fix anything, they allow the underlying problem to continue uncorrected and actually accelerate. Meanwhile, new symptoms and new seemingly unrelated diseases are the inevitable consequence of this biochemical faux pas. Furthermore, drug side effects are the leading cause of death. NSAIDs as an example of only one group of medications, are fatally toxic to thousands of people each year by damaging joints, lungs, kidneys, eyes, hearts, and intestines. And they are covered by insurance.

    You and your doctor have been screwed into believing every symptom is a deficiency of some drug or surgery. You’ve been led to believe you have no control, when in truth you’re the one who must take control. Unfortunately, the modus operandi in medicine is to find a drug to turn off the damaged part that is producing symptoms.”
    ― Sherry A. Rogers, Detoxify or Die

  • bsackamano

    This goes in the same category as Fluoride, just another propaganda steam rolled to us by the modern organs of IG Farben, one of the most dangerous corporate entities of all time, perhaps only being equaled by the modern organs of Standard Oil. Bayer is the source of patents and even directly makes aspirin. Read up on the history of German chemical makers to get a sense of the sinister nature of our current food supply and the vested interests of pretty much every paid for politician and medical “professional” in keeping the status quo. The 4th Reich is here.
    The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson
    Treasons Peace by Ambruster
    The crime and punishment of IG Farben by Borkin