Heartburn medicine linked to increased heart attack risk - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Heartburn medicine linked to increased heart attack risk

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Heartburn medicine could cause more harm than good, according to a new study out of Stanford University.

Drugs called proton-pump inhibitors seem to be very effective in treating heartburn, but they're now being linked with heart attacks.

A recent research study at the Stanford University School of Medicine showed a link between proton-pump inhibitors and an increased risk for heart attacks.

Researchers continue to stress that the results don't prove that heartburn medicine causes heart problems.

“Before we can conclusively determine that these medicines promote heart attack, we need to perform a prospective randomized trial to validate the associations identified in the current study,” Nicholas Leeper, M.D. said.

Researchers do not recommend people stop taking heartburn medicine without talking to their doctor first.

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