Study links NSAIDs to increased risk of stroke

Use of certain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can double stroke risk, according to 6minutes.com.au, a Web site for doctors.

A nine-year study found COX-2-selective NSAIDs and naproxen, a non-selective NSAID, caused the greatest increase in stroke risk. Results of the study, which followed more than 7,500 people averaging 70 years old, were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Although an increased stroke risk also was linked to the use of ibuprofen, diclofenac and celecoxib, that finding was not statistically significant, the Web site reports.

As an alternative to NSAIDs, systemic enzyme supplements provide support for the normal inflammatory process, pain and natural healing.

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