Thursday, September 10, 2015

GERD Drugs Can Lead to Heart Attacks

Over-the-counter drugs such as Prilosec and Previcid are linked to an increased risk of heart attacks according to data that extends back 15 years.  It is suspected that the mechanism is promotion of inflammation and clotting.  Other acid suppressors do not have this action, but they are also less effective.  My recommendation is to find the cause, which might actually be too little acid or a response to food allergy, which can be treated with desensitization by many integrative physicians.  If you have to take one of the offending drugs, you should also take nattokinase, an enzyme that reduces inflammation and clotting.
See the PLOS One study, which was quoted in the June, 22, 2015 issue of the Toledo Blade, section D, page 1.

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