The answer to those chronic aches and pains? Take a couple of ibuprofen every few hours. Pain becomes manageable, life is better, right?
Well, maybe not. Some British researchers took a look at data from the Rotterdam Study, which is based in the general population and contains detailed information on drug exposure (based on prescriptions filled). Notice here, that over the counter ‘exposure’ may have been missed.
The authors pulled the records of 8423 participants in the larger study without history of atrial fibrillation at the beginning of the study, and specifically looked at whether those who developed atrial fibrillation during the next few years used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. The average initial age of the study population was 68.5 years and 58% were women.
During an average follow-up of 12.9 years, 857 of the participants developed atrial fibrillation. Their conclusion?
- Current use of NSAIDs was associated with increased risk [of atrial fibrillation] compared with never-use
- Recent use (within 30 days after discontinuation of NSAIDs) was associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation compared with never-use
Here’s the link to the British Medical Journal article.