Painkillers raise risk of heart failure in elderly

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Regular usage of common painkillers called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is linked to a 30 percent increased risk of heart failure, according to a new study published in the online edition of the journal Heart. Older patients are usually prescribed such drugs, mostly to relieve pain associated with arthritis.

This is the third study over the last year to link the usage of painkillers to heart disease. The current study was conducted over a four-year period and examined people aged 60 to 84 who were regularly using painkillers.
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