FDA: NSAIDs Increase the Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke and Heart Failure

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning that non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen increase the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart failure by 10 to 50 percent— depending upon dosage and health status. The risk of serious cardiovascular events is higher in people with established cardiovascular disease, but even healthy people are at risk. The FDA warning included prescription and over-the-counter NSAIDs. Other studies have shown that NSAIDs slow muscle hypertrophy. These drugs are widely used to fight pain and inflammation. Athletes should minimize the use of these drugs. (The New York Times, July 10, 2015)

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