Painkillers That Could Injure or Kill Heart Attack Survivors

Risk of drug injuries are being reported with heart attack survivors who take NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Results of a medical study are showing that heart attack survivors who take these painkillers had another heart attack or passed away within five years of their first heart attack.


Why would heart attack survivors take these painkillers? NSAIDs are used to treat simple discomforts like headaches and menstrual cramps, but they’re also commonly used for pain issues associated with colonic polyps and arthritis.


You might think you don’t have to worry about drug injuries from NSAIDs, but this term is just a fancy term for common over-the-counter painkillers like naproxen and ibuprofen.

Heart attack survivors who are given a prescription dose of NSAIDs are almost 60% more likely to suffer a fatal heart attack within the first year after an attack and they are a third as likely to experience the same within five years.


If you’re concerned about prescription errors and believe you’re suffering an illness or injury because of a doctor’s negligence, contact a NC medical malpractice attorney. There have been changes to malpractice laws in NC and how payouts are awarded since Senate Bill 33 passed last year. The NC medical malpractice laws are highly complex and confusing, a simple and free consultation with an injury attorney in Raleigh, Fayetteville or Dunn with Brent Adams & Associates will help you make sense of your case.

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