NSAIDs increase your risk of cardiac arrest

Scary new risk could make your heart stop

When you’re feeling the aches and pains of aging… trying to find relief from arthritis… or just have a headache… you probably go straight for the medicine cabinet for an OTC painkiller.

That is, if you’re like 30 million Americans who pop an Advil at the slightest twinge of pain or the first sign of an “ouch.”

But there’s a mountain of evidence that ties NSAIDs like ibuprofen to devastating illnesses.

And now, researchers in Denmark have found a link between taking NSAIDS and an increased risk of cardiac arrest, which is what happens when your heart suddenly stops beating.

In the study, the researchers analyzed information from more than 28,000 people who experienced cardiac arrest during a 10-year period of time.

Among the patients in the study, 3,376 had used NSAIDs at some point just a month before their cardiac arrest.

The patients that had taken good ol’ ibuprofen had a 31 percent increased risk of cardiac arrest. And, a whopping 50 percent increase in cardiac arrest was found among the patients who’d taken the NSAID diclofenac (a.k.a. Voltaren, Cambia, or Solaraze).

The study didn’t find a link between the use of naproxen, celecoxib, or rofecoxib and cardiac arrest, but these drugs were used a lot less commonly by the patients.

But to me and you, that shouldn’t matter.

I written about this in eTips before, and can’t stress it enough: NSAIDs are NOT good for you. They’ve been linked to kidney damage, platelet issues, and liver damage, as well as high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.

An estimated 100,000 hospitalizations a year are due to NSAIDs. And about 16,000 people DIE each year from NSAID-related complications!

Instead, here are two terrific options to NSAIDs, and neither one of the will hurt your heart — or anywhere else.

For instance, T-Relief is a natural, homeopathic remedy with an arnica base that can really help with the aches and pains from an injury or after surgery. I recommend the gel or ointment form, which can be found in health food stores, many pharmacies, and online.

In the April 2016 issue of my Nutrition and Healing newsletter, I shared information about a medical food called Limbrel, which has stood toe-to-toe with NSAIDs in clinical studies and come out equally as effective in alleviating pain — particularly the aches and pains associated with arthritis.

You’ll need a prescription from your doctor to get it, but it has a small fraction (if any) of the scary side effects of NSAIDs.