Health and Nutrition

September 1, 2016

Acid-Blocking Drugs Increase Heart Disease Risk

Filed under: Diet,General Health — Doc Joe @ 2:02 pm

Put down the antacids! New study shows that acid blockers are detrimental to cardiovascular health.

Introduction

Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a group of drugs whose main action is blocking the secretion of gastric acid. They are dominant medical treatment of peptic ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and indigestion. Popular examples include Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid, and Aciphex. Use of these powerful antacids is associated with an increased risk for osteoporosisheart arrhythmias, intestinal infections, bacterial pneumonia, and multiple nutrient deficiencies. A new study from Stanford University adds another issue with these drugs – they double the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke. (more…)

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