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Increased Heart Attack Risk Associated with Heartburn Medications

According to CBS News, a study done by researchers at Houston Methodist and Stanford University found an association between patients on proton pump inhibitors and an increased risk of heart attack. The study specifically identified Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid and others as the drugs that may be increasing a patient’s risk of heart attack, while Zantac, Tagament or Pepsid, did not show this increased risk. However, researchers pointed out that this is not a cause and effect, but simply an association between proton pump inhibitors and an increased risk of heart attacks. Researchers are not recommending that patients stop taking their medications, but instead that they have conversations with their doctor about how long they truly need to be on these medications, and if there are any safe and effective alternatives to their current treatment.

 

Read the article published on CBS News.

Read the study published in PLos One.