Study: Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid May Lead to Heart Disease

by William White | July 12, 2013 2:43 pm

Study: Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid May Lead to Heart Disease

pills spilling prescription bottle 185 flickr Study: Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid May Lead to Heart Disease[1]The current issue of Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, claims that proton pump inhibitors[2] (PPI) raises risk of heart attacks.

PPI’s are a type of drug that is used to suppress stomach acid, and includes AstraZeneca’s (AZN[3]) Prilosec and Nexium, as well as Takeda Pharmaceutical’s (TKPYY[4]) Prevacid, reports Forbes.

The study, by John P. Cooke, chair of the department of cardiovascular sciences at Houston Methodist Hospital, found that PPI’s led to a 25 percent increase in a chemical called ADMA, in both mice and human tissue, reports Forbes.

“Our work is consistent with previous reports that PPIs may increase the risk of a second heart attack in people that have been hospitalized with an acute coronary syndrome,” Cooke told Medical Xpress[5].

For a long time consuming omega-3 fatty acids has been recommended to increase heart health, but a recent study[6] finds that it might not be a good idea for men.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/pills_spilling_prescription_bottle_185_flickr.jpg
  2. proton pump inhibitors: http://www.forbes.com/sites/melaniehaiken/2013/07/12/common-acid-reflux-drugs-could-raise-risk-of-heart-disease-new-research-suggests/
  3. AZN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AZN
  4. TKPYY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TKPYY
  5. Medical Xpress: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-07-acid-reflux-drug-heart-disease.html
  6. a recent study: http://investorplace.com/2013/07/fish-oil-supplements-may-increase-prostate-cancer-risk/

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