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Taking proton pump inhibitors may raise the risk of stroke.

If you take a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) for heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you may be putting yourself at higher risk for an ischemic stroke, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in November 2016. In the six-year observational study, researchers found that people taking the highest recommended doses of a PPI had a 21 percent higher stroke risk, compared with similar adults who did not take PPIs Taking a high dose of pantoprazole (Protonix) was associated with the highest risk of stroke. PPIs, which include omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), pantoprazole (Protonix), and esomeprazole (Nexium), have previously been associated with higher risks of heart attacks, kidney disease, and dementia. If you take a PPI, review the risks and benefits with your doctor.

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Title Annotation:FRONTLINE
Publication:Women's Health Advisor
Date:Mar 1, 2017
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