Ask The Doctors: September 2013

NSAIDs and increased risk of cardiovascular disease...The risk of stretching and hip fracture

Q. I rely daily on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for controlling the pain rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes in my hands, but Ive read that using these may increase my risk of heart disease. Is this true, or can I still safely take certain NSAIDs? A. We have known for some time that long-term prescribing of NSAIDs can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with RA and other inflammatory musculoskeletal diseases, but this risk…
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