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Heart attack threat posed by anti-inflammatory drugs

24th May 2006

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been found to increase the risk of heart failure.

Researchers in Spain suggest that the news poses a serious health risk particularly to the elderly, according to the report posted online today.

The Centro Espanol de Investigacion Farmacoepidemiologica report is concerned with the increased risks of being admitted to hospital with heart failure for the first time, the findings suggest that people aged 60 to 84 increase their risk of heart failure by 30 per cent, if they take NSAIDs.

The report is significant as the elderly become increasingly at risk from other related health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney failure, so using NSAIDs increases their risk of heart failure.

Dr Consuelo Huerta, a researcher on the study, pointed out that: "Even a small increase in the risk can translate into a significant disease burden in the general population."