Stop-smoking pill may boost the risk of a heart attack

The drug <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HEDAR000001157" title="Chantix (drug) (INACTIVE)" href="/topic/health/drugs-medicines/chantix-%28drug%29-%28inactive%29-HEDAR000001157.topic">varenicline</a>, more commonly known by the brand name Chantix, does help some smokers quit. But it also appears to boost the risk of a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HEISY000062" title="Heart Attack (INACTIVE)" href="/topic/health/heart-attack-%28inactive%29-HEISY000062.topic">heart attack</a> or arrhythmia by 72%, researchers announced. The findings came on the heels of a similar, but smaller, risk identified last month among people with <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HEDAI0000026" title="Heart Disease" href="/topic/health/diseases-illnesses/heart-disease-HEDAI0000026.topic">heart disease</a>. The new findings may warrant a second thought among smokers looking for an edge in their battle to kick the habit.

The drug varenicline, more commonly known by the brand name Chantix, does help some smokers quit. But it also appears to boost the risk of a heart attack or arrhythmia by 72%, researchers announced. The findings came on the heels of a similar, but smaller, risk identified last month among people with heart disease. The new findings may warrant a second thought among smokers looking for an edge in their battle to kick the habit.

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