Ibuprofen Can Stop Your Heart – 31% Increase in Cardiac Arrest Risk

A new study has revealed that a popular painkiller, falsely advertised as “harmless” by many, could be behind the thousands of deaths from cardiac arrest yearly. 

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation says that sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a primary cause for death in adults over the age of 40, in the United States and many other countries. 9 out of 10 victims die from it. 

About 326,200 people experienced an SCA outside a hospital a year in just the United States. The causes for SCA remain a mystery to the medical community. So, medical professionals choose to point blame at past heart problems, high levels of LDL cholesterol and family health history. 

New Study Reveals Heart-Stopping Side Effects of NSAIDs

The European Society of Cardiology issued a press release, named “‘Harmless’ Painkillers Associated with Increased Risk of Cardiac Arrest”, where the researchers gave a clear warning to the public that painkillers aren’t harmless. Their report found that painkillers were linked to an increase in the risk for cardiac arrest.

The report was in reference to a study named “Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Use Is Associated With Increased Risk of Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Nationwide Case-Time-Control Study”, that was published in a March issue from the European Heart Journal-Cardiovascular Pharmacology. One of the lead researchers, Professor Gunnar H. Gisalson, says that “ Allowing these drugs to be purchased without a prescription, and without any advice or restrictions, sends a message to the public that they must be safe.”

“Previous studies have shown that NSAIDs are related to increased cardiovascular risk which is a concern because they are widely used.”

The study examined 28,947 patients who went through an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, for over a decade in Denmark. A heart attack is different from cardiac arrest, as it damages the heart when the supply of blood is blocked. With cardiac arrest, damage occurs from the heart failing to function. About 3,376 patients had used a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) 30 days prior of the situation.

Two NSAIDs were used, diclofenac (22%) and ibuprofen (51%). Results of the study found that the use of NSAIDs was correlated to a 31% increased risk for cardiac arrest. Only diclofenac and ibuprofen were associated with a higher risk by 31-50%. Rofecoxib, naproxen and celecoxib had no link to an increased chance for cardiac arrest. 

Professor Gisalson remarked: 

The findings are a stark reminder that NSAIDs are not harmless. Diclofenac and ibuprofen, both commonly used drugs, were associated with significantly increased risk of cardiac arrest. NSAIDs should be used with caution and for a valid indication. They should probably be avoided in patients with cardiovascular disease or many cardiovascular risk factors.

It’s also fact that this isn’t ibuprofen’s first time that its toxicity to the heart has come out into the public eye. Five years ago we reported about this in an article

Researchers said:

Ibuprofen Kills Thousands Each Year, So What Is The Alternative?“, following a Reuters article in 2013, that opened with: “Long-term high-dose use of painkillers such as ibuprofen or diclofenac is ‘equally hazardous’ in terms of heart attack risk as use of the drug Vioxx, which was withdrawn due to its potential dangers.

We honestly believe wholeheartedly with Professor Gisalson’s closing statement: “The current message being sent to the public about NSAIDs is wrong. If you can buy these drugs in a convenience store then you probably think ‘they must be safe for me’.

Our study adds to the evidence about the adverse cardiovascular effects of NSAIDs and confirms that they should be taken seriously, and used only after consulting a healthcare professional.”

Be cognizant of the fact that popular pain-killers, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and aspirin, have life-threatening side-effects that aren’t ever reported or are hidden.

Natural Alternatives That Don’t Have Killer Side Effects Exist

Now that there is considerable evidence supporting that painkillers can have scary side effects, there needs to be more research on natural treatments.

There are many sections at GreenMedInfo.com that should help things become clearer to the public. 
  • Ibuprofen toxicity
  • Natural Analgesics
  • Natural pain reducers
  • Aspirin toxicity
  • Natural Anti-inflammatory agents
  • Ibuprofen alternatives
  • NSAID toxicity
  • Aspirin alternatives
  • Tylenol toxicity
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