Taking high doses of common painkillers and NSAIDs can rapidly increase the risk of heart attack. NSAIDs include a group of drugs but not limited to ibuprofen, diclofenac, celecoxib, and naproxen that are usually given in higher doses to relieve pain or fever resulting from the flu, headaches, back pain and menstrual cramps, etc.
According to the latest study done by Dr. Michèle Bally, an epidemiologist at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center, says that people often believe that naproxen has the lowest cardiovascular risk as compared to other NSAIDs drugs but this is not true. For this purpose, a research study was conducted and it was calculated that risk of heart attacks increased by 20% to 50% in the people who are taking these drugs as compared to those who do not take any NSAIDs.
It was also observed during the research that the risk level was in the state of declining when these painkillers were no longer taken.
In order to see the real-time results of this case, Bally and her team reviewed all available data of Canada and Europe which helped them in analyzing the findings of approximately 446,763 people who had a heart attack. The team tried to calculate the risk factor, determinants and the time course of heart attacks associated with the usage of NSAIDs drugs under the typical circumstances.
After analyzing and accumulating the results, Bally and her team recommended having this drug at a lower level with an on and off pattern. Bally also said that no matter how much small the dose is, there must be some sort of risk placed in there.
But on the other hand in some of the cases, it is being recommended to take those drugs along with a prescription because some of the drugs had an, even more, risk of heart attack between a period of one week and one month of use.
For example, the naproxen was observed to show an increment of 75% for a heart attack within one month of time period along with doses of 1200 milligrams per day or more.
When taken continuously for a week, the same naproxen, with dosage greater than 750 mg per day, showed an 83% hike in risks of heart attack. And the level of risk decreased instantly when the drugs were used for longer than one month.
In this regard, Dr. Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, suggested that yoga, daily exercising, alternative medications, holistic treatment, etc are the best ways to treat heart risks. Similarly, he said that a good physical therapy must be used to alleviate the pain from an injury.
Different observations and experiments were also done to check the problematic areas in the same domain. The data of those 30,000 patients who had suffered cardiac arrest between 2001 and 2010 were treated successfully through NSAIDs which helped in decreasing the risk of heart attack to 50% as well.
Many of the times cardiac arrest occurs due to clot in arteries and veins. For this purpose, the NSAIDs increased the risk of cardiac arrest by raising the blood pressure level, forming the blood clots and blocking the heart’s blood vessels.
It is really important to emphasize that in people with no known heart disease and who don’t have any kind of heart-related issues should limit the dosage of these medicines to one week only. This will help them to let their body fight naturally the adverse effects caused by NSAIDs such as increased blood pressure, increased blood sugar and raised cholesterol.
If drugs from the store are bought in accordance with the prescription and used only when needed or as per doctor’s recommendations then the side effects and heart risks can be reduced or even subdued. It is also recommended by the renowned Therapeutic Goods Administration’s review that all of the heart-related effects of NSAIDs occurred in the year 2014.