Study ties arthritis pain reliever to heart valve disease

A recent study has linked a common prescription drug that people with arthritis use to relieve pain and inflammation to a heart valve problem.

The drug, which has the generic name celecoxib and the brand name Celebrex, belongs to a category of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) known as COX-2 inhibitors.

After analyzing thousands of electronic medical records, scientists at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, found a link between using celecoxib specifically and a higher chance of having aortic stenosis.

Aortic stenosis is a condition that narrows the aortic valve in the heart and restricts blood flow through it. It commonly results from scarring and calcification, orĀ calciumĀ buildup, during aging.

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