Painkillers Not Linked With Heart Disease In Elderly Patients
Posted Jul 11 2010 6:57am
Researchers found that the use of these drugs — also called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — was also associated with a lower risk of death although they are not sure why.
Their findings — which appear in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology — were based on a study which looked at a nationwide hospital admission and pharmacy prescription database of 320,000 Australian veterans.
Researchers looked at anti-inflammatory drugs that – with the exception of ibuprofen – generally require a prescription.
Professor Arduino Mangoni, who recently joined the University of Aberdeen from Flinders University in Adelaide, led the study which was conducted in Australia and funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.