STROKE RISK FACTORS PAINKILLERS

Journal "STROKE"

(Keywords: STROKE RISK FACTORS PAINKILLERS, cutting stroke risk, risk factors for stroke, increase stroke risk, stroke risk)

Stroke and Heart Attack are kindred spirits, cousins you might say. Both represent in the main diseases of the blood vessels. Thus it is no coincidence that the risk factors for heart attack are similar to the the risk factors for stroke.

Several of the relatively new "wonder" anti-inflammatory drugs (Cox-2 inhibitors), such as Vioxx and Bextra, used in the treatment of arthritis have been withdrawn from the market because they have been linked to an increased risk of heart attack. Do they also increase the risk of stroke? PFIZER BEXTRA fraud... $2.3 billion settlement. More recent studies have also raised concerns about possible heart risks from some of the older over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs including ibuprofen (Motrin and other brand names) and diclofenac (Voltaren). Do they too also represent an increased risk factor for stroke?



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ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS and STROKE

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Research done at the National Taiwan University Hospital examined the data of 38 000 people who suffered a stroke in 2006. The study found that the use of any NSAID (Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) was associated with an increased stroke risk from 20%-90% for most oral NSAIDS and a 260% increase for oral Ketorolac.


Absolute risk quite small

STROKE RISK FACTORS PAINKILLERS

In people free from the major stroke risk factors such as high blood pressure, pre-existing heart disease, smoking, diabetes and raised cholesterol, the absolute risk is really quite small.

For example, people in their 50's without these risk factors have only a 1-3% chance of having a stroke in the next ten years. Even if this risk was doubled, it would remain relatively low.

However, in high risk patients these other risk factors for stroke start to become very significant. Have you had a stent fitted, or passed out when turning your head? Angina or a TIA (Temporary Ischemic Attack)? Has your blood sugar ever been raised, has your doctor ever recommended blood pressure medication, or blood thinners?









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"These latest findings suggest that the concern (about NSAIDs and the increased risk of heart attack) may also extend to the risk of stroke," said Dr Elliott Antman, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "Limiting use of NSAIDS is nevertheless a good idea," said Antman, "and especially important for people with established heart disease or its risk factors, such as high blood pressure."



"The bottom line is that even common over-the-counter medications are "real drugs that do have risks. People should not continue to take NSAIDs beyond the period of time recommended on the label without talking with their doctor first."

Prof Elliott Antman


CUTTING STROKE RISK

Most of us can handle the thought of pain as we age, but disablement and loss of independence are another matter. Stroke may mean loss of the ability to speak, to walk, to write, to care for yourself.

Taking these risk factors for stroke for granted is really not an option. Do you have...


  1. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
  2. Whilst Chiropractors in the main encourage their patients to consider alternatives like weight loss and exercise before taking drugs, I think there is almost universal agreement that blood pressure medication is one of the non-negotiables if you have high blood pressure.


  3. DIABETES
  4. Diabetics who keep their weight under control FREE WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMS .., who exercise every single day WALKING BENEFITS .., get their cholesterol profile into shape, FOODS THAT LOWER CHOLESTEROL ... eat a sensible low simple carbohydrate diet and stop smoking can face the future with confidence.


  5. CHOLESTEROL
  6. Except for a small group of people with a missing enzymme that causes hypercholesterolemia, keeping your total cholesterol below 200 (5.1) is really not rocket science. In fact, I am going to be brazen enough to say that it's simple... FOODS TO AVOID HIGH CHOLESTEROL ... what do those terms like LDL and HDL mean? What's more you can do it without Statins, those nasty drugs with all their side effects. Losing your libido?

    Adding a glass of red wine to your dinner, having oats for breakfast ( QUAKER OATS RECIPES ...) garbanzo bean dishes regularly ... AUTHENTIC HUMMUS RECIPE ... and eggplant (aubergine), fatty fish... is really no sweat. I eat them anyway because they are so delic!


  7. WALKING
  8. There is so much overwhelming evidence that people who walk have lower cholesterol, their blood sugar behaves better, their creaking arthritic joints give less pain, they're less depressed ... and it's just plain relaxing. Are you one of those who don't exercise and have no leisure time hobbies? You're at higher risk of both heart attack and stroke. More back pain too...

    Walking is a vital part in cutting stroke risk and getting off those anti-inflammatory drugs that are a significant factor in STROKE RISK FACTORS PAINKILLERS.


  9. SMOKING
  10. The battle is won between the ears. "I wanna see my grandkids grow up."


  11. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PAINKILLERS
  12. Do your level best to avoid them, especially if you are in the high risk category for stroke.




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STROKE JOURNAL ...

It only happens to others. Really...


Avoid them if you can. The third leading killer of human beings. IATROGENIC ILLNESS - doctor-caused disease.




One day he will probably sue his parents for letting him get like this.



"Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much."



"Nearly one quarter of Americans do not engage in any leisure-time activity."

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