Many people rely on over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen and naproxen for pain relief. But now a new study warns these pain relievers and others that are similar can prove harmful for older adults with heart disease who overuse them.
A University of Florida study shows older adults with high blood pressure and coronary artery disease using pain relieving, nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs or “NSAIDs” are at higher risk for adverse cardiovascular events. Researchers say the chronic use of this group of pain relievers can double an older adult’s chances of dying of a heart attack when combined with pre-existing conditions. The study doesn’t specifically identify which pain relievers are to blame for the elevated cardiovascular risk in the study.