Heart Attack Risk from Common Painkillers

By | May 23, 2017

Heart-Attack-RiskHeart attack risk from common painkillers is already a known thing; however, a new study (Published in The BMJ) not only endorses the link between heart attack and common painkillers but it also suggests that consuming anti-inflammatory painkillers – such as ibuprofen can push you under the risk of heart attack within the days of consuming it, risk could be greatest in the first 30 days of taking the painkiller drug.

Experts also highlighted that people with heart disease are most vulnerable to common painkiller (causing a heart attack).

For this study, a team of researchers collected data from 446,763 people; they focused on the people who were prescribed NSAIDs (eg, ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen). Studying the data researchers analyzed and concluded that Nsaid painkillers to treat pain and inflammation could raise the risk of heart attacks even in the first week of use.

Heart Attack Risk – Prevention Tips-

Prevention is better than cure, thus doing the right thing can help you in staying fit and away from Heart Attack –

Heart Attack- Prevention Tips


  1. Healthy Diet- Having a healthy diet is most important, we should include plenty of food and veggies in our daily diet and foods with high Omega -3 & fatty acid should be an integral part of our diet. One needs to avoid trans fats and food with hydrogenated ingredients; Eating less salt, sweets, saturated fats and red meat is also suggested.
  2. Quit smoking-“Fire at one end & fool at another end”; This proverb is 100% correct because the use of tobacco is a major risk factor for heart disease. It damages the walls of the blood vessels. It can prevent blood and oxygen from reaching your heart and other organs. So if you smoke, quit it now!
  3. Optimum Blood pressure-Keep a check on your blood pressure, with high blood pressure; risk of heart attack and heart disease goes up. Meditation, yoga, exercise, stress management and a healthy diet are key for maintaining an optimum level of blood pressure.
  4. Blood sugar control-Even if you do not have Diabetes, you need to control sugar level in your blood, too much sugar in your blood can damage your arteries. So maintaining the sugar level is also important.
  5. Cholesterol level-There are two types of Cholesterol, High-density lipoproteins (HDL) this is called “Good Cholesterol” and Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) this one is called “Bad Cholesterol”. As the name suggests, the Bad Cholesterol is bad for our health and too much of bad Cholesterol can cause a heart attack. We should resort to a right exercise program and right diet so that we can reduce Bad Cholesterol & can Increase Good Cholesterol levels.
  6. Exercise- Cardio exercise such as jogging, fast walking, bicycling helps in prevention of heart attack. Cardio exercise makes our-our heart pump blood and delivers oxygen to your body. It lowers the bad Cholesterol and reduces blood pressure.

Probably above-mentioned points are not new for you, we all are already aware of all of these points, it’s time to start implementing our knowledge and keep our heart healthy and safe.

Sources used for Article – The BMJBBC News,  CBS Evening News, Featured image- www.freepik.com / Designed by Shayne_ch13

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