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Common heartburn medications linked to greater risk of heart attack

Common heartburn medications linked to greater risk of heart attack

A novel data-mining project reveals evidence that a common heartburn medication taken by more than 100 million people every year is associated with a greater risk of heart attacks, Stanford University researchers reported Wednesday. After combing through 16 million electronic records of 2.9 million patients in two separate databases, the researchers found that people who take the medication to suppress the release of stomach acid are 16 percent to 21 percent more likely to suffer myocardial infarction, commonly known as heart attack. Because of its design, the study could not show cause and effect, but the researchers did claim that if their technology had been available, "such...

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