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Ibuprofen May Raise Heart Risk More Than Other NSAIDs

The Arthritis Foundation—September 19, 2017

The Arthritis Foundation’s blog featured a recent study done by European Society of Cardiology, that stated people with arthritis who take ibuprofen are more likely to develop cardiovascular problems compared to other NSAIDs.

According to the study, researchers examined patients at risk of heart disease who took one of three common pain relievers for arthritis. They found that ibuprofen raised blood pressure more than its counterparts.

HSS neurologist Vladimir N. Kramskiy, MD commented on the study’s findings. "NSAIDs should only be used when they are needed most – for example, first thing in the morning or after exercise – to avoid serious gastrointestinal, cardiac and renal side effects."

Geoffrey H. Westrich, MD, hip and knee surgeon at HSS, said exercise and maintaining a healthy weight are among the best treatments for arthritis pain.

Read the full article at blog.arthritis.org


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