Orem Chiropractor Discusses Ibuprofen and Heart Health

As your Orem Chiropractor I see many people who take Ibuprofen & otherNSAID's (non-sterodial anti inflammatory drugs) for different reasons.

Unfortunately, there are well documented negative effects assoicated with the use of these drugs, and even more unfortuantely new risks are found regularly.

Recently researchers discovered an association between the use of these drugs and high blood pressure and disease of the arteries that supply the heart.

According to the Clevland Clinic "cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of mortality in the United States in men and women of every major ethnic group.  It account for nearly 1.4 million deaths per year as of 2002 and was responsible for one in alost three deaths in the United States in 2003… Almost 2500 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of one death every 35 seconds. Cardiovascular death claims more lives each year than the next four leading causes of death combined—cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents, and diabetes mellitus.”

In the past NSAID's have been recommended as a means of controlling inflammation associated with cardiovascular disease.  While reducing inflammation is important in heart disease there are more effective and less risky ways of doing that.

First and foremost are you taking an anti inflammatory under the direction of you medical doctor?  Never stop taking any medication without consulting with your medical doctor.  If you're concerned talk with your doctor.

Second, why are you taking an NSAID?  For swelling after an injury?  Are you taking it as a back pain treatment ?   Or some other type of pain?  If so there may be better options.

One of the best things you can do on your own to reduce inflammation is to begin eating an anti inflammatory diet.  The more you can grab around your middle the more likely an anti inflammatory diet will help you.

Another thing you can do to reduce your inflammation is to take ginger.

As your orem chiropractor I've got the tools and the know how to help you find the back pain treatment options that are best for you.

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