A new study has revealed that regular users of the over-the-counter painkiller ibuprofen are putting themselves at risk of death due to sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in adults over 40. Over 300,000 people experience an SCA each year and 90% of them die.
Surprisingly, the exact causes of SCA are widely considered unknown. Doctors often blame vague risk factors, such as family history, preexisting heart problems, or elevated LDL cholesterol. But what if something so obvious and so preventable could be contributing to this health epidemic? In a recent study published in the European Heart Journal, researchers found that so-called “harmless” non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen greatly increase the risk of cardiac arrest.
Comments: Please keep in mind that regular use of other common painkillers, such as aspirin and acetaminophen, can also have devastating side effects. There are natural alternatives that do not deadly side effects. If your doctor cannot provide such alternatives, it may be time to find another doctor.