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Apr 11

Current and recent use of painkillers or anti-inflammatory agents may be linked to an increased risk of atrial fibrillation among older adults

Current and recent use of painkillers or anti-inflammatory agents may be linked to an increased risk of atrial fibrillation among older adults, reports a large population study published in the online journal BMJ Open. Researchers monitored the heart health of 8423 people taking part in the Rotterdam Study. About 857 of these subjects developed atrial fibrillation; 554 of these had used NSAIDs in the past, and 42 were currently taking the drugs. Current use was associated with a 76% higher risk of atrial fibrillation than never use.

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