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6 Myths About Pain Relievers and Heart Conditions

Pause before you pop your next pain pill.

Many people with heart conditions also experience painful conditions like arthritis or back pain and rely on pain relievers regularly. But recent warnings indicate that picking a pain reliever is not as a simple as browsing the drug store shelves. There’s a lot of misinformation and many factors that can increase or decrease the likelihood of heart attack and stroke when taking pain medications. Make sure you know which myths are putting you at risk.

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