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How do non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) affect high blood pressure?

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NSAIDs include both prescription and over-the-counter medication. They are often used to relieve pain or reduce inflammation from conditions such as arthritis. However, NSAIDs can make your body retain fluid and decrease the function of your kidneys. This may cause your blood pressure to rise even higher, putting greater stress on your heart and kidneys. NSAIDs can also raise your risk for heart attack or stroke, especially in higher doses.

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American Heart Association.

The Harvard Medical School Family Heath Guide: "Don't Let Decongestants Squeeze Your Heart."

Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association.

The Harvard Medical School Family Heath Guide: "Don't Let Decongestants Squeeze Your Heart."

Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 11, 2017

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