Do you often take painkillers? According to a recent study featured on Medical News Today, you may want to take them in moderation, as they may add to your risk of cardiovascular diseases by as much as 30 percent.

The study, which was initially published on the journal The Lancet, analyzed data from 639 clinical trials-- approximately 353,000 patient records--and the health effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include common painkillers such as ibuprofen and diclofenac.

The results reveal that patients with previous heart issues and who take NSAIDs at high doses are 45 percent more likely to die or experience another heart attack within a week. Statistics also show that there are three additional cases of heart attack, four additional cases of heart failure, and one death out of 1,000 patients taking their medication every year. Researchers believe that a new generation of NSAIDs called coxibs may be partly responsible for the mortality increase.

Although this should not cause worry among those who painkillers for headaches and body pains, lead researcher Professor Colin Baigent explains that high-risk patients may need to consult with their doctors and be thoroughly informed before taking any medication

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