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How can nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) be bad for my health if I have a heart disease?

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NSAIDs can make your body hold onto fluid and can affect how well your kidneys work. This may raise your blood pressure.

The extra fluid and higher blood pressure increase your heart's workload. NSAIDs also can increase your risk for heart attack or stroke, particularly if you take them in high doses.

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines." 

American Heart Association: ''Cardiac Medications At-a-glance,'' ''Cold and Flu Medication for People with High Blood Pressure,'' ''Drug Interactions and Side Effects,'' ''Possible Side Effects of Drugs That Lower Blood Pressure,'' ''Quick Reference Medication Table,'' and ''Tips for Medication Safety.''  

Institute for Safe Medication Practices: ''General Advice on Safe Medication Use: What You Can Do.'' 

National Library of Medicine Medical Encyclopedia: Pain Medications, Drug Information. 

WebMD: ''Migraine Headaches: Topic Overview.'' 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Weight-control Information Network: ''Prescription Medicines for the Treatment of Obesity.'' 

CNN Interactive: ''Study warns against migraine medication for heart disease patients.''

 

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on October 29, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines." 

American Heart Association: ''Cardiac Medications At-a-glance,'' ''Cold and Flu Medication for People with High Blood Pressure,'' ''Drug Interactions and Side Effects,'' ''Possible Side Effects of Drugs That Lower Blood Pressure,'' ''Quick Reference Medication Table,'' and ''Tips for Medication Safety.''  

Institute for Safe Medication Practices: ''General Advice on Safe Medication Use: What You Can Do.'' 

National Library of Medicine Medical Encyclopedia: Pain Medications, Drug Information. 

WebMD: ''Migraine Headaches: Topic Overview.'' 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Weight-control Information Network: ''Prescription Medicines for the Treatment of Obesity.'' 

CNN Interactive: ''Study warns against migraine medication for heart disease patients.''

 

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on October 29, 2017

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