Study links painkillers, hospital admissions

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The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) is linked to a 30% greater risk of first hospital admission for heart failure in the elderly, according to a new study.

In a four-year study, British researchers concluded that for every 1,000 people aged 60 to 84 taking NSAIDS, there would be one extra first hospital admission for heart failure. The total would jump to three additional cases per 1,000 people with people aged 70 and older with conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or kidney failure.

The study report is published online in Heart.