Are your painkillers killing you?

by Gabrielle Taylor February 23, 2017

Are your painkillers killing you?

As a consumer, you’re probably aware of some of the side effects of your common over-the-counter pain killers. You take precautionary methods to protect yourself, such as only ever taking ibuprofen with food to avoid stomach ulcers. But what about the side effects you can’t prevent with a little lining of the stomach?

Well, you probably try your very best to avoid medications, such as Vioxx (now taken off the market) for fear of heart attacks and other medications known for their risks, but now the common painkillers are presenting health risks that can only be avoided through abstinence.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, known most commonly as NSAIDs, have been on the market for decades. Such drugs include the common household painkiller ibuprofen, as well as other lesser known drugs: diclofenac, meloxicam and naproxen.

Despite being readily available and widely used, it has taken a long time for the Food and Drug Administration to discover that such drugs might increase the risk of heart attacks.

According to the alternative health advice website, peoplespharmacy.com, “the connection between NSAIDs and the irregular heart rhythm called Atrial Fibrillation (AF) was first reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine (Sept. 13, 2010). Then a Danish study of more than 32,000 patients found that people taking NSAIDs were about 40 percent more likely to develop this arrhythmia (BMJ, July 4, 2011)”.

The same website highlights that if and once AF is detected, Doctor’s will most likely prescribe a combination of drugs to treat the arrhythmia, thus placing the patient at even higher risk of side effects.

Our approach advocates for careful monitoring of AF, should you find yourself suffering from it, appropriate exercise, meditation, yoga and dietary supplements. And if you’re a long-term user of ibuprofen or one of the suspected dangerous drugs, we suggest you consider a monitoring tool such as MyDiagnostik to ensure the early detection of AF.

Presenting as a very simple design, MyDiagnostik is a single-channel ECG recorder in the shape of a stick, with metallic handles (electrodes) at both ends. It is patient friendly, discrete and can be used anywhere, anytime.

Find out more here, or contact us for a quote on our leading technology.

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