A study in the major cardiology journal, Circulation, shows a darker side of NSAIDs (anti-inflammatories like Celebrex, ibuprofen and naproxen) than once thought. We have known for some time of the increased risk of heart attack and sudden death with the use of NSAIDs but this recent study shows that the risk increases by 45% in ONE WEEK in patients with a cardiac history.
It's a wonder how these medications are so easily accessible over-the-counter still while carrying this risk. For those who take them for 3 months, the risk of event goes up to 55%. Although effective in pain and inflammation relief the side effect risk is too great. Patients should opt for less risky alternatives like fish oil (2000-3000mg of EPA/DHA total daily) and turmeric (95% curcuminoids 400-500mg 1-2 twice daily) where the cardiac effects are actually beneficial as opposed to harmful!
The base of lowering inflammation must start with the diet as a treatment approach. Incorporating omega-3 fatty acids from cold-water fish, walnuts, ground flaxseed, a variety of fruits and veggies and spices like ginger and turmeric. Regular activity and stress management practices like breathing for relaxation daily will be helpful as well.
Dr. Jeffrey Gladd graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2001. He then went on to train in family medicine...View Full Bio »