Study Reveals Risk of Heart Attack Increases with Use of Heartburn Medications
Posted on behalf of Greg Coleman Law on Jun 11, 2015 in Dangerous Prescription Drugs
A new study has revealed that proton-pump inhibitors (PPI), used to treat heartburn, could increase the risk of a heart attack.
Proton-pump inhibitors, such as Prilosec and Prevacid, are among some of the most widely prescribed drugs. If you or someone you love has suffered from a heart attack as a result of taking a defective drug, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.
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Researchers from the Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics found an association between PPI use and an increase risk of heart attack. Although the study does mention that this does not necessarily prove causation, these drugs may not be as safe as once believed.
Nearly three million health records were reviewed and approximately 300,000 patient records qualified for the study. Overall, there was a 16 to 21 percent increased chance of heart attack among patients using PPIs.
To further validate their findings, researchers looked at a study following approximately 1,500 patients over an extended period of time who suffered chest pain, shortness of breath or abnormal stress-test results.
The researchers looked for patients who suffered from heart attacks, cardiac arrest, stroke and other outcomes. This study revealed that those using PPIs were nearly at double the risk of suffering from a subsequent cardiovascular event.
Although the study does not provide evidence to stop the use or PPIs, further research is being suggested in order to determine if these products are safe.
A personal injury attorney at Greg Coleman Law can help you if you have ever been injured or fallen ill as a result of a dangerous drug. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and more.