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Common Acid Reflux Drugs
May Lead To Heart Disease,
New Research Suggests

Forbes, by Melanie Haiken

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Posted By:Emerson, 7/12/2013 9:23:30 AM

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.

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The operative words: "may" and "suggests". But if published by the AHA, worthy of attention.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: calgrammy, 7/12/2013 9:35:14 AM     (No. 9420209)

Oh come on enough. Have had GERD for years. I´ll take my chances keep taking my meds and wait for the next report with the opposite new research.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: formerNYer, 7/12/2013 9:39:40 AM     (No. 9420218)

I lost 55 pounds and now don´t need these anymore, I also don´t need my high blood pressure medicine either. Get active, lose weight, get in shape you probably can discontinue these in time.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: M2, 7/12/2013 9:55:12 AM     (No. 9420241)

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.

It´s a mess out there.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: CEP, 7/12/2013 9:57:25 AM     (No. 9420246)

OP: This is something I will be watching. It is worthy of attention.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bob913, 7/12/2013 10:23:28 AM     (No. 9420300)

Stop drinking coke or other similar high fructose drinks.
Mix it with some foods and you create a lot of acid.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: avikingman, 7/12/2013 10:25:14 AM     (No. 9420305)

Stop eating carbs, aka sugar.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: nihtwael, 7/12/2013 10:39:11 AM     (No. 9420337)

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 feel like a new person!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 7/12/2013 10:42:35 AM     (No. 9420348)

We conservatives need to stay healthy, so pay attention to #2, stay active...

Dance [ballet, two-step, line],

Get a dog to walk [choc lab, a mile a day, and he loves to play tennis!],

Eat healthy [watch what you put in and on your body, if you cannot pronounce the ingredient, don´t eat it, let alone, give to your children, and no parabens on your skin],

Drink mostly pH 9.5 water [Essentia, cancer cannot grow in an alkaline environment, nor acid reflux],

Take non-synthetic vitamins [C is a natural infection fighter, D3 for cancer, magnesium for good overall health],

and keep doing our homework...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/12/2013 10:44:30 AM     (No. 9420355)

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.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 7/12/2013 11:20:33 AM     (No. 9420424)

Lemme see. Where´d I put that lifetime supply of " OR NOT " stickers.......

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Reply 11 - Posted by: texas_gop, 7/12/2013 11:41:24 AM     (No. 9420458)

Agree with #2. Most cases can be solved by eating slower, eating less, losing weight. That is how I got over it. No more Nexium every day for me.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: killerbee, 7/12/2013 1:13:23 PM     (No. 9420600)

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.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: sherlock, 7/12/2013 2:12:37 PM     (No. 9420703)

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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