Painkillers increase risk of heart attack, stroke: DAK

Srinagar, March 22:  With rampant overuse of painkillers in Jammu and Kashmir (JK), Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that painkillers increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Calling for tighter control on these drugs, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that painkillers heighten the risk of dying from heart attack or stroke.

A Danish study published in March 2017 issue of “European Heart Journal” found that taking ibuprofen was associated with a 31% increased risk of heart attack.

Diclofenac, another commonly used painkiller raised the risk by 50%.

Another study published in “British Medical Journal” found that ibuprofen could increase stroke risk by three times.

The risk of heart attack or stroke could be explained by the effects of these painkillers, as they make blood thicker and stickier and also cause arteries to constrict.

They are prescribed for flu, headache, fever, joint pain – when simple paracetamol will do.

There has to be a good reason to take these drugs.

We shouldn’t just be using these drugs willy-nilly.

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