Omeprazole increases the risk of heart attack

Indigestion pills taken daily by millions raise the risk of having a heart attack, doctors fear.

A major study showed that those who take proton pump inhibitor, or PPI, drugs are around 20 per cent more likely to suffer a heart attack than others. Even otherwise healthy, middle-aged people are at risk.

The US analysis of the records of  three million patients doesn’t prove the highly popular pills are at fault but the study’s authors say the link is ‘very worrisome’. Lead researcher Dr Nicholas Leeper, a heart surgeon, said: ‘These drugs may not be as safe as we think.

‘Heart disease is by far the leading cause of death in the western world and PPIs are so commonly prescribed'. ‘This is potentially a big deal from a public health perspective.’

PPIs including omeprazole and lansoprazole are some of the most popular drugs in the world.


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