'Risk of bleeding' if recent heart attack patients take NSAID painkillers Medical News Today

February 25, 2015 8:02 AM

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'Risk of bleeding' if recent heart attack patients take NSAID painkillers Medical News Today

All patients who have had a myocardial infarction (MI) are recommended to take two antithrombotic drugs (aspirin and clopidogrel) as preventive treatment for up to a year after the heart attack, and to continue taking one of the anti-clotting pills thereafter.

Risk of bleeding is known to be increased by then adding the use of NSAIDs, and some - ibuprofen, for example - have a counter effect to the preventive heart drugs, inhibiting the antithrombotic effects of aspirin.

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