Painkillers May Be Risky After Heart Attack
NSAIDs Linked to Bleeding and Cardiac Risks
Olsen explains that victims of heart attacks are often given nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce the risk of clots and a second heart attack.
However, NSAIDs can also cause the blood to thin, putting victims of heart attacks at further risk.
According to Olson, her study disproved commonly held notions that short-term treatment with NSAIDs is safe. On the contrary, even limited use is associated with an increased risk of bleeding and cardiovascular events, including heart attack.
Details of the NSAID Study
Olsen conducted the study in Denmark from 2002 to 2011 to examine heart attack victims. The results show that more than 60,000 adults who survived at least a month after hospitalization for a heart attack. The study also shows about 34 percent of patients filled a prescription for an NSAID while taking anti-clotting medication.
Olsen also noted that “People who filled a prescription for an NSAID while taking other anti-clotting drugs were about twice as likely to suffer a bleeding event as those who were not taking NSAID.”
399 of the 60,000 died from using NSAIDs with anti-clotting medicine, while More than 5,000 heart attack survivors suffered a bleeding event in the brain, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system.