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Diclofenac and ibuprofen are associated with increased risk of cardiac arrest

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 16 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1358
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Use of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) diclofenac and ibuprofen are associated with a significantly increased risk of cardiac arrest, a large Danish study has found.

The authors of the study, which was reported in the European Heart Journal: Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy,1 said that the findings were a stark reminder that NSAIDs were not harmless and should only be used after consulting a healthcare professional.

The researchers used the Danish Cardiac Arrest Registry to identify everyone who had a cardiac arrest out of hospital between …

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