An extremely popular class of drugs taken by millions of people with acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), may raise the risk of heart disease and heart attack, according to a new study published in the current issue of Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association (AHA). Research by John P. Cooke, clinical professor and chair of the department of cardiovascular sciences at Houston Methodist Hospital, found that stomach acid-suppressing proton pump inhibitors (brand names Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid) may cause blood vessels to constrict, reducing blood flow.
Comments: The operative words: "may" and "suggests". But if published by the AHA, worthy of attention.
So yesterday we find out that Omega-3 fatty acids may exacerbate or cause prostate cancer, "settled science". Today, another story about how common GERD drugs "may" cause heart disease.
When was it we stopped being able to trust the scientific community about our health?
When did nutritional info coming from places like the vaunted CSPI (which is rarely right about very much) become null and void?
When was the turning point when diagnoses became suspect, iatrogenic infections became rampant and doctors became on-the-clock businessmen?
When did publishing scientific information just to get the grant money become more important than the lives and health of human beings?
Viz GERD, sleep with elevated pillows, have your biggest meal of the day earlier than 6pm, don´t drink too much alcohol before bed (or at any other time) and avoid medications you don´t need, which often means most of them - have your Rx´s re-evaluated regularly. Ditto supplements.
I stopped taking Prilosec OTC two years ago. Since then something extraordinary has happened--I´ve discovered my lifelong acid reflux was tied to overeating, a habit I´d had since childhood. I´ve stopped that, lost weight, and I haven´t had heartburn in over a year (chronic, I mean).
I don´t understand the kvetching about medical science and research.
I am glad to hear of questions about medications and possible unforeseen side effects. It takes a while after a medication is in common use for the long term effects to be quantifiable. I am glad someone is watching the store for us.
I had an entirely different reaction to Prevacid, given for another condition. I ended up with literally wall-to-wall hives of the most dreadful itching kind, and it was very difficult to get rid of them let alone relieve the itching. None of my doctors had ever seen anything like that.
So, I´m all for medical research that continues beyond the approval of medications for general use.
Drink almond milk instead of cow´s milk. It soothes the reflux almost immediately. I have an ulcer and I was able to leave meds behind after about three months of drinking almond milk. It´s the first thing I drink in the morning.
I´ve recommended it to other people and they´ve reported a huge improvement, too.
Agree with #12- I also switched from 2% cow milk to Almond milk, much better for you. I do not take any medication except for Motrin every once in a while. I was taking medication for cholesterol but stopped last February because of muscle cramps and weakness, I watch what i eat now and walk more...I do take a baby aspirin each night...oh did I mention I`m 70? Take care of yourself by getting OFF pills.
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