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Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and risk of cardiovascular disease

New PhD dissertation from DCE looks at whether use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease among individuals with modifiable and socioeconomic cardiovascular risk factors.

Kasper Bonnesen, who defended his PhD dissertation today, has conducted three studies on the use of NSAIDs and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Kasper and colleagues found that individuals with and without modifiable and/or socioeconomic risk factors for cardiovascular disease seem to have a comparable relative risk increase for cardiovacsular disease when using NSAIDs.

The results are important as they emphasize that individuals at increased cardiovascular risk (e.g., individuals with diabetes, individuals with overweight, individuals who smoke, and individuals in a low socioeconomic position) should use NSAIDs with caution.

(The summary is written by the PhD student).