In patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), proton pump inhibitor heartburn medicines may increase the risk of heart failure and death, according to the results of a new study.
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What’s the Problem?
March 23, 2017 – Many patients with CAD take proton pump inhibitor heartburn medications to lessen the GI side effects associated with aspirin and Plavix antiplatelet therapy. The study, which was published Jan. 19 in the journal PLOS ONE, looked at 706 CAD patients, 461 of whom were treated with PPIs. Subjects were followed for three years.
The researchers found that proton pump inhibitor users had a higher risk of heart failure and death, roughly 14.65% compared to 5.45%.
“In patients with CAD, PPI use is independently associated with an increased incidence of HF and death but not with a high rate of acute ischemic events,” the researchers said. “Further studies are needed to confirm these findings.”
- Nexium (esomeprazole)
- Aciphex (rabeprazole)
- Protonix (pantoprazole)
- Prevacid (lansoprazole)
- Zegerid (omeprazole / sodium bicarbonate)
- Dexilant (dexlansoprazole)
- Prilosec (omeprazole)
These medicines are commonly prescribed for the treatment of various acid-peptic disorders including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug-induced gastropathy. They work by reducing the production of acid by blocking the enzyme in the wall of the stomach that produces acid. This reduction of acid prevents ulcers and allows any existing ulcers to heal.
However, this same mechanism of action may cause problems with the body’s ability to absorb calcium, magnesium and other vital nutrients. Patients who take PPIs for a prolonged period of time may be increasing their risk of heart failure, bone fractures, chronic kidney disease (CKD) and other adverse health complications.
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