NSAID Use Can Raise Heart Attack Risk by 50 Percent
If you suffer from pain or inflammation it's commonplace to use ibuprofen, aspirin, or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). However, just because they're easy to access doesn't mean they're safe. Past studies have shown NSAIDs increase the risk of heart attack but more recent research shows taking any dose of NSAIDs for one week, one month, or more than a month was associated with an increased risk of heart attack. The larger your dose the higher your risk and the risks of short-term use were roughly equivalent with longer term use. Daily usage the following for 8 to 3o days increases heart attack risk:
200 mg or more of celecoxib
100 mg or more of diclofenac
1200 mg or more of ibuprofen
750 mg or more of naproxen
Keep in mind these are low dosages. The recommended dose of ibuprofen for menstrual pain is 1200 mg — the same dose seen to raise heart attack risk — while 3200 mg is prescribed for arthritis pain or fever.
Is Taking Aspirin Daily Safe?
Daily use of aspirin is commonly recommended to stop an impending heart attack, but aspirin's heart benefits may be overshadowed by other concerns. A 2018 study found the use of low-dose aspirin as a prevention strategy in older adults resulted in a much higher risk of major hemorrhage and did not lower the risk of cardiovascular disease anymore than a placebo.
NSAID Risks Go Beyond Heart Attack
NSAIDs can have serious side effects, including abdominal pain, nausea, indigestion, and abdominal bleeding. Other common side effects include:
NSAID Use and Leaky Gut
NSAIDs also promote leaky gut. In leaky gut, inflammation damages the lining of the small intestine, causing it to become overly porous. This allows undigested food and pathogens such as bacteria and toxins to pass into the bloodstream, triggering inflammation and pain throughout the body.
Dampen Pain Without Pills
Pain and chronic inflammation is common among Americans due to poor diet, stress, lack of exercise, excess toxins, sleep deprivation, undiagnosed autoimmunity, and other common factors of modern life.
In functional medicine, we address pain from its root causes. Pharmaceutical drugs may be necessary at times but you can reduce pain and inflammation without taking drugs.
Anti-inflammatory diet. This diet excludes foods known that trigger inflammation. Common inflammatory foods include gluten, sugars, processed oils, eggs, dairy, nightshades, and nuts.
Sleep. Sufficient sleep is one of the best ways to reduce pain and inflammation. To improve sleep and lower inflammation, work on balancing your blood sugar.
Yoga and meditation. Mindfulness practices help quiet the brain so the body can heal.
Hydration. Dehydration adds to chronic pain. The best way to hydrate is to drink small bits all day long. Minimize caffeine and alcohol, which are diuretics.
Moderate exercise can reduce inflammation and pain; overdoing exercise will worsen it.
Turmeric and resveratrol. Powerful anti-inflammatories that work best together.
Support glutathione. The body's master antioxidant, glutathione helps lower inflammation.
Test for the root cause. Sometimes the cause of pain isn't obvious and you need to look for nutrient deficiencies, chronic infections, hormonal imbalances, toxic burdens, and other factors that contribute to chronic pain.
Using functional medicine to address chronic pain can turn your life around. Ask my office for more information.
One of the main goals at RedRiver Health and Wellness Center is to work with patients to improve their health, wellbeing, and quality of life. The RedRiver Health and Wellness Center team is passionate about helping ailing patients achieve optimal health, and we truly care about the success of each and every patient.
RedRiver chiropractic physicians are great advocates for prescribing physicians and endocrinologists. In fact, many of our patients see their prescribing physician(s) more frequently while under our care than they would otherwise. Our goal is not to replace our patients’ primary care physicians and specialists, but to complement their care by providing patients with nutrition, diet, lifestyle and educational support and strategies. This way, patients can learn to manage their symptoms more efficiently. We have developed rewarding relationships with many prescribing physicians across the country, and we strive to continue to building relationships with MDs, DOs, NPs, and NMDs. When health professionals can work together for the benefit of the patient’s health, it becomes a win/win situation for the one who matters most—the patient.