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Link Found Between Common Gastric Reflux Drug and Heart Attack Risk

The common gastric reflux drugs classified as proton pump inhibitors (P.P.I.’s) have been found to increase one’s risk for a heart attack in a study of nearly three million individuals, according to The New York Times. Previous studies found that P.P.I.’s interacted negatively with a commonly prescribed heart attack medication known as clopidogrel, meanwhile the new study analyzed the effect of P.P.I.’s on otherwise healthy individuals. Researchers proposed that the drug promotes inflammation and clots by interfering with protective enzymes that other heart drugs do not interact with. Still, the researchers noted that it is worth considering that those prescribed P.P.I.’s are likely already at a higher risk for heart attacks.

 

Read the article published by The New York Times.

Read the study published by PLOS One.