7 Facts About Acetaminophen and Your Heart

Some over-the-counter painkillers are safer for your heart than others.

If you’re one of the tens of millions of people in the United States. who are on heart medication or low-dose aspirin therapy to reduce your risk of a heart attack, here are some facts you should know about over-the-counter pain relievers and heart health.

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