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Pain killers and heart problems

Certain pain killers could increase your risk for heart problems.

Danish researchers had participants take ibuprofen, Vioxx, and Diclofenac.

Those taking ibuprofen had a nearly 30-percent increased risk for stroke, while those taking Vioxx and Diclofenac had a much higher risk for dying from heart disease.

The study found the drug naproxen, sold over-the-counter as Aleve, was not linked to heart-related problems.

Researchers say the overall chance of a healthy adult experiencing a heart problem directly linked to these painkillers is low, but it is worth discussing with your doctor.

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