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Ibuprofen heart attack link debunked

Elderly people are not increasing their risk of heart attacks if they take the painkiller ibuprofen, according to scientists.

Previous research linked the use of anti-inflammatory drugs to increased chances of heart disease. However, a large-scale study in Australia discovered the overall effect of taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is neutral when it comes to heart disease.

The study actually uncovered an unexplained link between the use of the drugs and a reduction in the risk of dying from any cause.

The findings were based on a study that looked at a nationwide hospital admission and pharmacy prescription database of 320,000 elderly Australians.

Researchers looked at anti-inflammatory drugs which, with the exception of ibuprofen, generally require a prescription.

The research was led by Professor Arduino Mangoni, who recently joined the University of Aberdeen from Flinders University in Adelaide. He said: “Our study has demonstrated that the use of NSAIDs has overall a neutral effect on the risk of heart disease in a large elderly population with multiple co-existing medical conditions.”

The study is published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

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