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Over-the-counter pain killers linked to irregular heart rhythm

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FibuprofenREELY available painkillers, including aspirin and ibuprofen, increase the risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm by up to 40 per cent, according to a new study.

 

The anti-inflammatory medication, available in their generic form for pennies in supermarkets and pharmacies, have been previously linked to a higher chance of heart attacks and strokes.
 
But a new study has shown for the first time a connection between the drugs irregular heart rhythm.

The condition is linked to a higher long-term risk of heart-attack and stroke.
 
The research is published today in the British Medical Journal.

Prof Henrik Toft Sørensen, who led the study, said heart disease patients should not stop taking the drugs but should discuss the potential risks with their doctor.
 
He said: “The absolute risk is still low. It increases your risk from a very low level to a higher – but still low – level.”


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