There's never a great time to take a painkiller -- but there's one time in particular you really want to play "keep away" with these risky meds.
And that's after a heart attack.
According to a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, some of the world's most commonly used painkillers -- non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs -- can dramatically boost the odds of a second heart attack or even death within days of taking them.
Danish researchers looked at data on 83,677 heart attack patients, 42.3 percent of whom had been given NSAIDs. Overall, they found that heart attack survivors given NSAIDs were 45 percent more likely to have a second attack or die inside of a single week.
And within 90 days, the risk increased by 55 percent.
But as deadly as NSAIDs can be, they don't top the "most dangerous" list. That honor goes to a popular generic arthritis med called diclofenac. Taking this drug after experiencing a heart attack can TRIPLE your odds of death or a second heart attack.
If you want to protect your heart and reduce the inflammation behind everything from pain to disease, stock up on cod liver oil or a quality omega-3 fatty acid supplement.
And whether you're recovering from a heart attack or a stubbed toe, save the painkillers for only real, severe pain.