Common Painkillers Linked to Heart Attack

painkillers linked to heart attack

According to a new study, over-the-counter doses of common painkillers have been linked to an increased risk of heart attack. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are shown to increase the likelihood of heart attacks by an average of 20% to 50%. This is in comparison with someone not taking the drugs.

The drugs themselves are not a direct cause of heart attack, however the compounds associated with the drugs do. Ibuprofen, diclofenac, celecoxib, and naproxen – all of which are over the counter or prescription based – are in that association. They are typically used to relieve pain or fever resulting from a range of causes: flu, back pain, menstrual cramps, and headaches.

While NSAIDs are typically taken for short periods of time, the level of risk increased as early as one week into use. However there is good news. The risk appears to decline when painkillers are removed from the body and no longer taken. There is a slight decline one to 30 days after use and a greater decline after one month.

Over the past couple of years it has been made clear that prescription drugs are bad for pain management. Their misuse can cause serious lasting effects. For this reason many individuals are turning towards other treatment types such as regenerative medicine and spinal cord stimulation.

The Alternatives:

When pain does not go away with self-managment alone, there are options available to you. With proper assessment and treatment, it is possible for patients to live pain-free.

Spinal Cord Stimulation:

Doctors have used spinal cord stimulators (SCS)  since 1967. While SCS treats a number of conditions, they primarily manage chronic pain in the back, neck, arms, and legs. This pain may be caused by injury or may be due to surgery.

Spinal cord stimulation is unique in many ways and offers the patient a lot of room for flexibility. One reason patients choose to use stimulation is that it is temporary. If you are not happy with the stimulator or for any other reason, you can have it removed just as easily as you had it installed. The second is that it helps control nearly all types of chronic pain in the back, neck, and limbs.

Regenerative Medicine:

Regenerative medicine is the use of one’s own stem cells or blood platelets to help promote healing and decrease pain. The procedure allows the body’s own mechanism to release growth factors to improve range of motion and quality of life. In particular, regenerative medicine helps the natural healing process of regenerating human cells, and repair damaged tissues or organs. This should be of particular interest for those looking for back pain relief.

At Metropolitan Pain Consultants we offer two unique forms of regenerative medicine: platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and bone marrow concentrate (BMC). The best part about both of these treatments are that they are very safe options.

Both therapies are quite similar in their approach and how the doctor utilizes them. For both PRP and BMC, a physician draws blood from the patient. BMC uses stem cells from hip bone and PRP uses blood drawn from the arm. The physician then places the sample in a centrifuge where it is spun and separated. Finally, using and ultrasound for guidance, the doctor will inject the patient at the site of injury. The healing factors found in platelet-rich plasma and bone marrow concentrate flood an injury and “jump start” the regenerative process. Healing leads to pain relief.

Related Information:

Contact us at 201.729.0001 to schedule an appointment to discuss your back pain relief options. We offer weekday and weekend appointments. Moreover, our conveniently located clinics are in West OrangeAberdeen, and Lyndhurst.

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