If you take a top-selling class of drugs to relieve heartburn and acid reflux, you may be at greater risk of having a heart attack than people who take other types of acid-suppressing medications.
In a recent study, researchers found that adults who were prescribed proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) as a treatment for gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) were 16 to 21 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack over a 17-year period. Even a modest boost in PPIs could translate into a sizable increase in heart attacks in the U.S., because millions of Americans are taking these acid-reducing drugs.
What does this mean for people who take heartburn medications?
Stephen Wangen, ND, discusses the recent study and if there are other alternatives to treating heartburn.