Common painkillers increase risk of heart disease in certain individuals, doctors warn

Doctors have warned that a common painkiller could increase the risk of developing heart failure in some people.

There has been a 26% increase in heart disease in people who take aspirin.

Aspirin could increase the risk of developing heart failure, a new study has found


A new study suggests that aspirin may increase your risk of developing heart disease.Credit: Alamy

These include obesity, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Published in ESC Heart FailureFind it “those taking aspirin were more likely to subsequently develop the condition than those not using the medication”.

Dr. Blerim Mojaj, University of Freiburg (Germany) was the study author. “While the findings require confirmation, they do indicate that the potential link between aspirin and heart failure needs to be clarified.”

Aspirin and heart failure are linked is a controversial topic after millions of people take the drug to prevent and treat their health problems.

This study found that there were 30,827 heart-feet patients in Western Europe and the US who were at highest risk.

“At risk”Was defined as any combination of the following: obesity, high blood pressure (high cholesterol), diabetes, and smoking.

Participants were at least 40 years old and had no history of heart disease.

1330 people developed heart failure during the five-year follow-up.

A 26 percent increase in the risk of new heart failure was found when you take aspirin.

Dr. Mujaj stated that this was the first large-scale study to examine the relationship between aspirin and incident heart failure in people with and without cardiovascular disease, and at least one risk factor.

“Aspirin is commonly used — in our study one in four participants were taking the medication. In this population, aspirin use was associated with incident heart failure, independent of other risk factors.”

He concluded: “Large multinational randomised trials in adults at risk for heart failure are needed to verify these results. Until then, our observations suggest that aspirin should be prescribed with caution in those with heart failure or with risk factors for the condition.”

Aspirin was previously shown to increase the risk of skin cancer in men by up to twofold.

Doctors recommend that patients take a low dosage of aspirin daily to avoid heart attacks and stroke.

This painkiller may also reduce the risk for breast, colon and prostate cancers.

However, experts believe it can increase skin cancer risk in particular men.

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