November 17th, 2009

Certain Reflux Drugs Tied to Higher Post-Angioplasty Death Rate

By Kelley Luckstein

People taking the acid reflux drugs Prilosec or Protonix in combination with blood thinners such as Plavix have a higher risk for death after angioplasty than people who don't take the two popular antacids, a new study has found…

 

"All this shows is that people taking PPIs have a worse outcome than those not taking PPIs," said Dr. Chet Rihal, director of the Mayo Clinic's catheterization lab in Rochester, Minn. "This does not prove there's causation. That would be like saying that carrying matches is associated with lung cancer. It is associated, but it doesn't mean it causes lung cancer."

 

HealthDay by Amanda Gardner, 11/16/09

 

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Tags: Cardiology, post-angioplasty death rate, Prilosec, Protonix

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