Common drugs with added salt increase risk of heart attack, stroke and death

12/1/2013 | Scotsman (Edinburgh), The

A study by Scottish researchers found that the high salt content in many drugs can increase the risk of possibly fatal heart attacks and strokes. Scientists followed nearly 1.3 million people who were taking at least two drugs, such as paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen, metoclopramide, zinc, calcium and vitamin C, in soluble, dispersible or effervescent preparations. Findings published in the British Medical Journal indicated that people who took salt-containing drugs were 16% more likely than those on drugs without salt to experience a vascular condition leading to heart attack, stroke or death.

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