Harvard Heart Letter

Are some painkillers safer for your heart than others?

Despite new research, the answer is unclear. Use caution when taking any pain medication on a routine basis. People with aching joints from arthritis—which affects nearly one in four adults—often rely on drugs known as NSAIDs to ease the pain of this often-debilitating condition. These popular medications also relieve headaches, cool fevers, and dampen inflammation. But with the exception of aspirin, most NSAIDs pose a risk to the cardiovascular system, notes…

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