Harvard Heart Letter

Gout drug may help prevent repeat heart attacks

Research we’re watching A drug long used to treat a painful form of arthritis called gout may also benefit heart attack survivors, according to a new study. Derived from the autumn crocus, colchicine (Colcrys, Mitigare) helps to ease the joint inflammation and pain that characterize gout. Because mounting evidence suggests that inflammation plays a role in heart disease, researchers have tested various anti-inflammatory drugs in heart patients. The latest study, published online Nov. 16, 2019,…

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