[Warning] Popular Painkiller Causing Heart Problems?
I get it.
When you’re in pain, all you want is a little relief.
It can be so easy (too easy) to pop an over-the-counter pain pill that will have you feeling better in a matter of minutes.
But the fact that such painkillers have become household names—and the fact that you can easily get them from any supermarket or convenience store — makes people assume they’re perfectly safe.
Case in point: A recent study showed that one of the most popular painkillers has been found to dramatically increase your risk of stroke and heart failure.
Studies on the dangers of ibuprofen are like a bad penny: they keep popping up.
For example, just a few months ago, I told you about a study showing that using these drugs for as little as one week increases your risk of a heart attack by as much as 58%.
Now, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has added another nail in this painkiller’s coffin:
NSAIDs like ibuprofen increase the risk of developing an irregular heartbeat, also known as atrial fibrillation (AF).
When your heart stops beating in proper rhythm, the most immediate things you might notice include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and weakness.
Atrial fibrillation isn’t life-threatening in and of itself, but it DOES increase the risk of stroke and heart failure.
One of the main reasons is because it can contribute to blood clots that can ultimately block blood flow.
Blocked blood flow to the brain = stroke.
Blocked flow to the heart = heart attack.
For this recent study, researchers studied more than 57,000 people over 45 years old. They compared those with atrial fibrillation to those without it, looking to see if NSAID use increase the risk of AF.
Here’s what they found:
- People who used selective NSAIDs (Celebrex and Mobic) had no increased risk of AF.
- Those who used non-selective NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen) had an 18% increased risk of AF.
- But those who used BOTH had a 30% increased risk of having atrial fibrillation.
Unfortunately, most people think this is NSAIDs are their only option for pain relief. But there are better alternatives that can provide relief without the risks.
Here are just a few I recommend to my patients:
- Studies show that krill oil is about as effective as NSAIDS for arthritis pain.
- A recent study showed that one gram of curcumin extract is as effective as ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain relief.
- Topical NSAIDs work well, and they have fewer systemic effects than their oral counterparts.
To a brighter day,
Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D.
Written By Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D.
For years he’s been the trusted doctor for celebrities, world-class athletes, and countless seniors looking to reclaim their health.
And now…for the first time ever… he’s making his medical breakthroughs available to readers all across America.
Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D. is one of the most pioneering and innovative minds in medicine today – and he delivers cutting-edge cures each month through his Natural Health Response newsletter.
Natural Health Response readers get full access to Dr. Gerhauser’s protocols for chronic pain… heart disease… diabetes… Alzheimer’s… and even cancer. These are the very same treatments Dr. Gerhauser recommends to his own patients at his practice in Tucson, Arizona.
In addition to being a board-certified medical doctor, Dr. Gerhauser has earned two master’s degrees and has served as a clinical professor at the University of Arizona.
And as a physician at the world-famous Canyon Ranch, Dr. Gerhauser treated celebrities from around the world who paid dearly for the type of next-generation health information he provides Natural Health Response readers each month.
View More Free Articles
There’s not much good news when it comes to Parkinson’s disease. It impacts more than 10 million people around the world. There is NO CURE. And current treatment only focuses on symptoms… not on actually stopping its progression. The picture is bleak, but there is some good news… Researchers have identified a substance that can...
People used to think that only smokers got lung cancer. That’s just not true. Lung cancer actually kills more men and women than any other type of cancer—with the number predicted to be nearly 150,000 this year alone. But there’s good news. Researchers have identified a way to STOP lung cancer from spreading to other...
When your days are numbered, you want every moment to count. What you DON’T want is to have to deal with side effects from drugs you shouldn’t even be taking to begin with. But it turns out that dying cancer patients are routinely given long-term, preventive drugs, when they have just weeks left to live....
Everyone wants to live longer… but not everyone is willing to do what it takes to add extra years to their life. Most of the time that’s because people think you need to run marathons or eat like a rabbit to make a real difference. But you don’t. A recent study that evaluated data from...
If you’re one of the 14 million Americans suffering painful arthritis in your knees, you already know miserable it can be. And as the condition progresses, the pain can limit your ability to do “simple” tasks like climbing steps or even get dressed in the morning. In fact, almost HALF of the folks with knee...
When you get screened for type 2 diabetes, and you get the all-clear, you might assume you don’t have diabetes. But you could be in for a big surprise. And not a good one. Because according to a recent study, one of the most popular diagnostic tests for type 2 diabetes is completely unreliable. And...
There’s no doubt about it – osteoarthritis hurts. This painful condition happens when the cartilage that’s supposed to act as a cushion between your bones wears down, ultimately leaving your bones to scrape and bump into each other. This kind of agony doesn’t just keep you from doing what you love… it can make your...
It’s on nearly everyone’s mind as they get older: Losing their mind. From simple slip-ups, to outright dementia, losing your wits is unsettling and downright scary. And the mainstream won’t help you. They’ll just dole out risky pills that could make your senior moments worse. But I have a drug-free solution that can boost both...
There’s good news and bad news when it comes to breast cancer. The good news is that breast cancer rates are decreasing. The bad news is that over 260,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are still diagnosed every year, and nearly 42,000 women will die, many of them seniors. Fortunately, there is a shockingly...
Nothing good comes from chronic stress. Stress causes a chain reaction of events in your body that can lead to moodiness, sleeplessness, and upset stomach in the short term—and depression, cardiovascular disease, sexual dysfunction, and more in the long run. Yes, it can even increase the risk of cancer. I could tell you to work...