Study Reveals Potential Ischemic Stroke Risk Increases with Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a type of drugs that help treat heartburn. Millions of people take these drugs on a regular basis, and many are available over the counter. However, a study by Danish researchers suggests these drugs might have a hidden danger by increasing the risk of ischemic stroke.
The researchers asked nearly 245,000 Danish adults to participate in this study to identify the consequences of PPI use. All the participants underwent endoscopy to investigate the cause of their heartburn and had follow-up care for six additional years.
Of the 244,679 patients in the study, 9,489 patients suffered an ischemic stroke for the first time. The researchers found heavy use of PPIs causes a 21 percent greater risk of ischemic stroke when compared to patients with heartburn who did not take PPIs.
Occasional use of PPIs only raised the stroke risk slightly, while other heartburn drugs called H2 blockers did not raise the stroke risk.
Study author Dr. Thomas Sehested, who presented the study’s findings at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016, stated that doctors must put more thought into who they prescribe PPIs to, and ensure that the patients stop taking them at an appropriate time.
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