Prolonged use of painkillers increases heart attack risk

Continuous use of some painkillers can increase the risk of heart attacks by a small but significant amount, a study has found.

Prolonged high dosages of diclofenac and ibuprofen increases the risk of cardiovascular disease by one third. This is particularly relevant to people with arthritis.

The risk of ulcer bleeding also increases between two and four-fold depending on the painkiller regimen, although consequences of bleeding are minor.

Read more at University of Oxford