If you suffer from arthritis or other chronic pains, you’re going to be using painkillers no matter what.
We’ve long been warned about the heart risk of over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), but not all of them are created equal.
In the latest edition of the journal BMJ, Danish researchers proved one specific NSAID type was a scary 30% riskier than the others were. Moreover, this one almost guarantees a heart attack.
Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most popular NSAID used.
The researchers compared users of different NSAIDs, users of Paracetamol (also called acetaminophen), and non-users of painkillers with each other to see which group of people would develop heart problems.
For the data, they used records collected by the Danish national patient registry between the years of 1996 and 2016.
– 1.4 million people on diclofenac.
– 3.9 million on ibuprofen.
– 292,000 on naproxen.
– 765,000 on paracetamol.
– And 1.3 million without any painkillers.
The first three of these were NSAIDs.
All the subjects had been prescribed these painkillers and had been taking them for at least a year.
Only those without cardiovascular disease, dementia, schizophrenia, kidney disease, liver disease, cancer, and ulcers were accepted for the study in order to ensure that they were at low risk of heart problems prior to their use of painkillers.
Those on paracetamol had an average age of 56, and those on NSAIDs were between the ages of 46 and 49 years old.
They found that all these painkillers posed an increased risk of heart problems, but diclofenac was the worst of the lot.
1. Compared with people who used no painkillers, diclofenac users were 50% more likely to suffer from a heart problem.
2. Compared with paracetamol and ibuprofen users, diclofenac users were 20% more likely to have heart problems.
3. Compared with naproxen users, diclofenac users were 30% more likely to have heart problems.
When they broke down the statistics for diclofenac users versus non-users of painkillers by the specific heart problem encountered, they found that the former had:
1. a 20% greater risk of atrial fibrillation/heart flutter,
2. a 60% higher risk of ischemic stroke,
3. a 70% greater chance of heart failure,
4. a 90% larger risk of heart attack, and
5. a 70% greater risk of cardiac death.
People on both high and low doses of diclofenac had an increased risk of heart problems within 30 days from the start of their prescription.
From these statistics alone, you can see that diclofenac poses the highest risk of heart problems, but that the rates of heart problems for users of other painkillers are still higher than for people who do not use painkillers.
And to avoid heart attacks, you have to clear out the plaque buildup in your heart. Fortunately, this can be done by cutting out ONE single ingredient, as explained here…