Common Painkillers Increase Heart Risks in Healthy People List includes Aleve, Advil, Motrin and others
Healthy adults who reach for common painkillers to ease the twinges of everyday aches and pains could be setting themselves up for a heart attack or stroke, according to recent research.
Is it better to take a pill for minor aches and pain, or live with the discomfort? — Laurent Hamels/PhotoAlto/Corbis
Past studies clearly showed that long-term use ofnonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including Advil, Motrin and Aleve, to relieve pain was linked to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke in those who already had heart disease.
But now a study from Denmark reports that short-term use in healthy men and women who take those drugs for minor complaints also raises the risk.