Drugs used to treat arthritis could increase risk of stroke, heart attack

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — New research shows drugs used to treat arthritis can increase the risk of a heart attack or a stroke.

The study could pave the way to safer treatments for arthritis.

In an international study, researchers found arthritis drugs, such as ibuprofen, target an enzyme found in the brain, stomach and kidneys.

Now that they know where in the body the drug is acting, they hope to develop safer and more targeted medications to treat arthritis.

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