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Painkillers Could Increase Heart Attack Risk

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According to a report by Reuters Health, certain types of painkillers could increase the risk of heart attack. A study in Finland not only examined the effects of painkillers such as Celebrex, but also other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and aspirin. The study concluded that the use of any type of NSAIDs, may increase risk of heart attacks by 40%. This conclusion flies in the face of research that suggests certain types of NSAIDs actually protect the heart. Additional research and larger clinical trials are needed to more fully determine the effect of these painkillers on the heart.