According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death among adults over 40 in the United States and other countries, with about 326,200 people experiencing an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest each year in the US alone; nine of ten victims of sudden cardiac arrest will die.
Surprisingly, however, the causes of sudden cardiac arrest are still widely considered unknown. Instead, the medical community points out fingers at vague risk factors, such as family history, previous heart problems, or elevated LDL cholesterol.
But what if something so obvious and preventable as the consumption of NSAID drugs could be contributing to this health epidemic?
New study supports heart-stopping side effects of NSAIDs
The European Society of Cardiology issued a press release, named “‘Harmless’ Painkillers Associated with Increased Risk of Cardiac Arrest”, where the researchers gave a clear warning to the public that painkillers aren’t harmless. Their report found that painkillers were linked to an increase in the risk for cardiac arrest.
The study examined 28,947 patients who went through an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, for over a decade in Denmark. A heart attack is different from a cardiac arrest, as it damages the heart when the supply of blood is blocked. With cardiac arrest, damage occurs from the heart failing to function. About 3,376 patients had used a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) 30 days prior to the situation.
Two NSAIDs were used, diclofenac (22%) and ibuprofen (51%). Results of the study found that the use of NSAIDs was correlated to a 31% increased risk for cardiac arrest. Only diclofenac and ibuprofen were associated with a higher risk of 31-50%. Rofecoxib, naproxen, and celecoxib had no link to an increased chance of cardiac arrest.
According to researchers:
“The findings are a stark reminder that NSAIDs are not harmless. Diclofenac and ibuprofen, both commonly used drugs, were associated with significantly increased risk of cardiac arrest. NSAIDs should be used with caution and for a valid indication. They should probably be avoided in patients with cardiovascular disease or many cardiovascular risk factors.”
It’s also a fact that this isn’t ibuprofen’s first time that its toxicity to the heart has come out into the public eye. Previous studies have also shown that NSAIDs are related to increased cardiovascular risk which is a concern because they are widely used.
Natural alternatives that don’t have killer side effects exist
Given the clear evidence that pharmaceutical pain-killers have profound, even life-threatening side effects, natural alternatives should be researched and implemented.
One more secure and more common approach to calm the pain is by utilizing turmeric root. Turmeric is a plant native to southern Asia and has the healing powers of both hidden and pronounced pain. The plant is a major part of Asian medicine and has already been issued to patients for thousands of years in Asia.
It can be originally found as a plant, but you can also find it in powder form or as a supplement. Turmeric is loaded with powerful polyphenols and its main polyphenol compound known as curcumin is scientifically proven to assist in numerous health issues.
In one particular study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, curcumin was shown to play a role in treating osteoarthritis. The study involved 109 patients who had previously been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee. Over a six–week period, a portion of the subjects received 800mg of ibuprofen and the remaining participants took 2,000mg of turmeric daily.
The level of pain was evaluated during the performance of exercise such as climbing stairs, walking and bicycling after a period of time. When the six weeks ended, those who consumed the turmeric demonstrated better results, concluding that the all-natural ingredient is not only more effective but also far safer than popping pills.
Here’s a simple recipe that will do wonders for your body:
- Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder, one teaspoon of raw honey and the juice of a half lemon in a cup of boiled water
- Stir the combination using a wooden spoon.
- Enjoy the pain-relieving cocktail 2-3 times a day and you will see results in no time.
- You’ll surely throw away your ibuprofen very quickly!