Srinagar: With rampant overuse of painkillers in Jammu and Kashmir (JK), Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Wednesday said that painkillers increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Calling for tighter control on these drugs, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that painkillers heighten the risk of dying from heart attack or stroke.
A Danish study published in March 2017 issue of “European Heart Journal” found that taking ibuprofen was associated with a 31% increased risk of heart attack, the statement said.
Adding Diclofenac, another commonly used painkiller raised the risk by 50%.
Another study published in “British Medical Journal” found that ibuprofen could increase stroke risk by three times, he said.
The risk of heart attack or stroke could be explained by the effects of these painkillers, as they make blood thicker and stickier and also cause arteries to constrict.
Although the risk increases with longer use and higher dose but even with short term use and in low doses, person’s risk increases significantly.