Heart-safe pain relief

by admin on December 15, 2014

Did you know some painkillers may boost your odds of having heart problems? The good news is there are options, and some are safer than others.

Many cardiologists recommend naproxen over other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as it appears to have the least risk — especially for those who are at risk for heart problems and have arthritis or musculoskeletal discomfort.

Another alternative is aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Aspirin is said to be good for the heart, but it does have a downfall. In some people, it can upset their stomachs, lead to ulcers or cause bleeding in the digestive system. Acetaminophen, on the other hand, is safe for both your stomach and your heart.

But even acetaminophen comes with a warning. Too much of it (high doses) can damage your liver. It is recommended not to take more than 3,000 milligrams a day.

Before you start to self-prescribe pain medications, make sure you talk to your doctor about the risks and how it might affect your body in the long run. It’s easy to cause damage while thinking you are doing your body good.

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