Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Topic: Opiates Raise Atrial Fibrillation Risk; AFib Makes Heart Attacks More Likely

Researchers say using opioids such as hydrocodone can increase your risk of developing an irregular heartbeat, and an irregular heartbeat can make you more likely to have the most common kind of heart attack.

If you have atrial fibrillation, your risk of suffering the most common type of heart attack goes up.

And if you take an opioid such as hydrocodone, you’re increasing your risk of developing an irregular heartbeat in the first place.

That’s the conclusion of two new studies released today.

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