NSAIDs pose risks to users with high BP, heart disease

07/15/2011 | HealthDay News

The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, raised the risk of death, nonfatal heart attack and stroke among people with high blood pressure and coronary heart disease by 47%, a study in The American Journal of Medicine found. The increase in risk grew to 126% for mortality and 66% for heart attack over five years. The findings "would suggest that more occasional use could be OK," said Dr. Howard S. Weintraub, an expert who commented on the study.

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