Cut back on soda, don't worry about NSAIDs

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New research out of the European Society of Cardiology Congress might have you encouraging residents and staff members worried about their heart health to cut back on soda consumption but not to worry about taking NSAIDs such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

Carbonated beverages are associated with out-of-hospital cardiac arrests of cardiac origin, found a study led by Keijiro Saku, MD, PhD, of Fukuoka University in Japan. Other beverages, such as green tea, black tea, coffee, cocoa, fruit or vegetable juice, milk and mineral water were not significantly associated with such risks.

"The findings do indicate that limiting consumption of carbonated beverages could be beneficial for health,” Saku said.

Other study results reported at the meeting found that, in older patients with arthritis and no history of heart disease, chronic use of any NSAID appears safe from a cardiovascular and gastrointestinal standpoint.

The Standard care versus Celecoxib Outcome Trial, or SCOT, also found that regular, non-selective NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and diclofenac appear just as safe as the so-called COX-2 inhibitors such as celecoxib.

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