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moncler outlet online WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) People who use certain heartburn drugs for a long period of time may have a slightly heightened risk of moncler factory outlet suffering a heart attack, a new study suggests. adults with acid reflux disease (commonly called heartburn), researchers found that the risk of heart attack was slightly elevated among those using proton pump inhibitors. moncler outlet online
Proton pump inhibitors are a group of acid suppressing drugs that include brand names such as Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium. In 2009, they were the third most commonly used type of drug in the United States, the researchers said. National Institutes of Health, does not prove the drugs cause heart attack. And experts were divided over moncler outlet sale what to make of the connection.
Those medications include brands like Zantac, Pepcid and Tagamet.
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moncler outlet Most of those long term risks are linked to the drug’s suppression of stomach acids, said Buckley, who was not involved in the new study. moncler outlet
When stomach acids are blocked, the body is less able to absorb certain nutrients, including magnesium, calcium and vitamin B12. And proton pump inhibitors have been linked to problems such as bone density loss and fractures.
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In this latest study, though, the link between proton pump inhibitors and heart attacks was independent of Plavix use, said researcher Dr. John Cooke, why not find out more chair of cardiovascular sciences at the Houston Methodist Research Institute.
moncler mens jackets Overall, his team estimates, proton pump inhibitor users were 16 percent to 21 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack than people with chronic acid reflux who were not taking the drugs. moncler mens jackets
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For one, people on proton pump inhibitors may be in worse health than non users. Cooke said his team could not account for obesity, or the possibility that some people with heart related chest pain were mistakenly treated for acid reflux instead.
cheap moncler sale Cooke said recent lab research suggests that moncler sale outlet proton pump inhibitors can interfere with normal blood vessel function a potential mechanism by which the drugs could affect heart attack risk. cheap moncler sale
cheap moncler jackets However, a cardiologist said that while the study is “interesting,” he was not convinced it points to a risk from proton pump inhibitors. cheap moncler jackets
“This is an association, and not cause and effect,” said Dr. Venu Menon, of the Cleveland Clinic. “And I think it’s more likely the association comes from confounding factors.”
moncler outlet store “Confounding” refers to those other potential explanations such as proton pump inhibitor users being in poorer health than non users. moncler outlet store
One issue, said Menon, is that the findings are based on patient records, including doctors’ notes. That type of information is not the best moncler outlet uk source for linking a drug to a negative effect, he said.
A study that followed proton pump inhibitors users over time, specifically tracking heart attack risk, would offer better evidence, Menon added.
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All three experts agreed that some people need proton pump inhibitors including those with true gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that is causing inflammation in the throat.
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moncler sale outlet But many people take proton pump moncler outlet jackets inhibitors for less severe problems, such as occasional heartburn that crops up after eating certain foods. They could do well with diet changes, losing weight, or taking simple antacids such as Rolaids or Tums, Buckley said. moncler sale cheap moncler outlet
moncler outlet sale Cooke agreed, and said he is troubled by the fact that proton pump inhibitors are available over the counter. “I’m concerned that people are taking them for the wrong reasons, and for too long,” Cooke said moncler outlet sale.