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Common heartburn medications you can buy at the pharmacy increase the chances of a stroke. The drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, have already been found to raise the risk of a heart attack, kidney disease and dementia.
If you’ve got a heart condition, you’re twice as likely to stay alive by eating a Mediterranean diet—rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish and oils—than taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug.
Although these over-the-counter and prescription pills are the modern standby for every ache and pain, what Big Pharma hasn’t told you about the risks of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs could just kill you, as Celeste McGovern discovers
It doesn’t seem to matter if you’re fat or thin: your chances of a heart attack—and possibly dying from it—are about the same. But being overweight or obese does increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, a study of identical twins has discovered.
People taking an over-the-counter painkiller for even a few weeks are increasing their risk of heart attack and stroke—and they need to think twice before taking the medication at all, America’s drug regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned in a new, stronger alert.
People with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids—either from fish or supplements—are less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack. Strangely, the fish oils don’t prevent a heart attack; they just increase your chances—by 10 per cent—that you won’t die from it.
Heart disease, the world’s biggest killer, could be prevented by adding omega-3 fatty acids, cocoa flavanols and phytosterols from vegetable oils to our daily diet. Together, they counter atherosclerosis, a process where arteries fur up and close.