You’ve heard of a killer cold?
Well that cold probably WON’T kill you… even if you might act like you’re at death’s door to score a few extra sympathy points.
But there’s something else that will.
The latest research exposes an ugly new risk linked to drugs commonly taken to fight the pain, inflammation and fever that come along with the cold, flu, bronchitis, and other respiratory illnesses.
And if you’ve ever taken an NSAID drug during one of those illnesses yourself, count your blessings that you’re still here, because that very combo can increase your risk of a heart attack.
Yes, you read that right. A heart attack… from taking ordinary NSAIDs when you happen to be sick.
This is a class of medication that includes some of the best-selling over-the-counter meds in the world, like the ibuprofen found in Advil, Motrin, and any number of cold remedies.
Even plain old aspirin is an NSAID.
But as tempting as the meds might be when you’re sick and miserable, don’t even touch the darn things – because the new study finds taking them as pills will cause your risk of a heart attack to jump by 3.4 times.
Think that’s bad? That’s nothing! Wait ’til you see this next risk.
If you’re so ill you’re in a hospital and they slip an NSAID into your IV line to make you “more comfortable,” you’ll get the opposite of comfort.
Your heart risk will jump by more than 700 percent!
Amazingly, even without a respiratory infection, those drugs will bump your heart risk by about 50 percent, proving there’s really no GOOD time to take them.
But during a cold or any other type of respiratory infection is an especially BAD one.
The study doesn’t show who’s at risk most, but I’d venture to guess that heart patients need to be even more careful than everyone else here.
But why risk it?
Even if you’re the picture of health – besides that nasty cold – there are better ways to fight your illness and all the misery that comes with it.
Vitamin D3 can slash your risk of respiratory infections including cold and flu, and limit the severity and duration if you do get sick so you’ll be less tempted to turn to those NSAIDs for help.
While you’re recuperating, enjoy plenty of old-fashioned chicken soup. It’s delicious, it’ll help keep you hydrated and it’s positively packed with the virus-fighting nutrients that can wipe out infections.
Grandma was right. Soup really IS medicine!