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Naproxen best NSAID for Heart Disease Patients

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Nashville, TN – One of the first large studies to look at the safety of different nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) specifically in patients with heart disease has found that naproxen appears to have better cardiovascular safety than diclofenac, ibuprofen, and higher doses of rofecoxib (Vioxx, Merck) and celecoxib (Celebrex, Pfizer)

The study, published in the May 2009 issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, was conducted by a group led by Dr Wayne Ray (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN).

They explain that the cardiovascular safety of NSAIDs is highly controversial, with several studies suggesting increased cardiovascular risk associated with the new COX-2 inhibitors and also some older traditional NSAIDs, and that this issue is particularly important for patients with existing serious coronary heart disease, whose baseline risk of adverse cardiovascular events is increased. In addition, many of these patients take low-dose aspirin, which may interact with the NSAID.

Heartwire; May 28, 2009

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Written by heartcurrents

January 2, 2010 at 2:19 am

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