Ibuprofen and Your Heart

A listener asks, “I’ve heard that over-the-counter painkillers may be bad for my heart. Could this be true?”

Well, research suggests that high doses of certain pain relievers, such as ibuprofen may indeed be linked to an increased heart risks. But don’t pour out your pills just yet.

Study results show the risk occurred only in patients with “moderate heart disease,” and even for these, the risk was statistically small. Not only that, their ibuprofen dosage was much higher than average.

So the risk is low, but it’s there. If you have heart disease, I think it’s wise to talk with your doctor about whether you should take ibuprofen or another pain reliever, just to be safe.

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