Today’s topic might shock you—I know it definitely shocked me. But not because it’s surprising in the least.
We’ve actually known for a while now that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) raise your risk of heart attack. But judging by the fact that they’re still mainstays of the average American medicine cabinet, plenty of patients and doctors alike believe that risk to be low.
However, that view may change, thanks to one alarming new study… the findings of which should give arthritis sufferers everywhere serious pause.
A “heartbreaking” discovery
Believe it or not, this is the first study to consider the role that NSAIDs might play in raising arthritis patients’ risk of heart disease. But it really isn’t coming from left field.
And not just for the reasons I mentioned above. Previous studies show that osteoarthritis itself is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Throw frequent NSAID treatment into the mix and BAM! You have a recipe for disaster.
In fact, this latest research suggests that NSAIDs might account for a whopping 41 percent of the link between arthritis and heart disease.
In this study, CVD included ischemic heart disease, congestive heart failure, and stroke. And arthritis sufferers were more than 25 percent more likely to develop CVD than those without the condition.
But here’s where it gets interesting: The increase in congestive heart failure in this group was 14 percent—23 percent of which appears to link back to NSAID use.
These patients also had a 17 percent higher risk of ischemic heart disease and a 14 percent higher risk of stroke—and NSAIDs were responsible for 56 percent and 64 percent of these increases, respectively.
And the cherry on top? These researchers weren’t able to account for any over-the-counter NSAIDs these patients may have been taking. So their estimates are likely conservative, to say the least.
A silent alarm
That is outrageous, no? People pop drugs like Tylenol® and Advil® like they’re candy—and they’re the main treatment for more than 75 percent of arthritis sufferers. So it’s not hard to see the implications here… all of which are pretty staggering.
Of course, because this is the first study of its kind, a lot of “experts” are already poo-pooing it—advising doctors to stick with their scripts, and patients not to be alarmed.
Call me crazy, but 41 percent is a huge number. And if it’s to be believed, it means that NSAIDs are a main cause of heart disease among arthritis sufferers. I can’t speak for other docs, but I’m not going to wait years for another study to come out before I alert my patients and loyal readers to this lethal risk.
Even if the association proved to be half that strong, it’s still a compelling reason to recommend other options to treat pain—and to stop prescribing NSAIDS now. Because you better believe that if this study linked eggs to the same risk, you’d have warnings everywhere.
So what’s the difference? U.S. sales of these meds rake in billions of dollars for Big Pharma every year—that’s what.
This isn’t to say that you should never take an NSAID again—occasional use for fast relief of acute pain is one thing. But please, especially if you have arthritis, understand that chronic use at higher dosages can be deadly.
I can’t say it strongly enough: Despite their harmless reputation, these drugs have some very serious side effects… not just on your heart, but on your liver and gastrointestinal (GI) tract, too.
This risk is hardly worth it, especially when there are so many alternatives to conquering chronic pain. (In fact, my Pain-Free Life Protocol is an all-natural plan to relieve and eliminate any type of acute or chronic pain… for good. To learn more, or to enroll today, simply click here now.)
Even simple weight loss can make a huge difference in your fight against pain—not to mention exercise and physical therapy. And that doesn’t even begin to cover drug-free solutions like cannabis, which may be my number one choice for managing chronic pain.
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“NSAIDs May Increase CVD Risk in OA.” Medscape Medical News, 08/12/2019. (medscape.com/viewarticle/916724)