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Heartburn meds, heart attacks linked
San Diego Union-Tribune

A popular kind of heartburn medication is linked to a higher rate of heart attacks, according to a data-mining study led by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers.

These drugs, which include Prilosec, known generically as omeprazole, belong to a class called proton pump inhibitors. Their use was associated with a roughly 20 percent increase in the rate of subsequent heart attacks. Such a finding in the general population was unexpected.

However, the study is correlational, and doesn’t prove there is a cause-and-effect relationship, the researchers said. More study is needed. That caution was also given by a Scripps Clinic cardiologist not involved in the study.

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