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Sleeping Pills Raise Heart Attack Risk

by Sheela Philomena on  January 8, 2014 at 2:44 PM Heart Disease News   - G J E 4
Sleeping pills can increase the risk of heart attacks by up to 50 percent, suggests US study.
 Sleeping Pills Raise Heart Attack Risk
Sleeping Pills Raise Heart Attack Risk
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Scientists found that zolpidem, which is sold under the brand name Stilnoct in the UK, is linked with a dramatic rise in the number of life-threatening cardiac events, the Daily Express reported.

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Four standard dose pills a year - 35 milligrams - send the risk soaring by around 20 percent.

People taking the equivalent of 60 tablets a year could see the threat jump by half.

The study - presented to the world's biggest cardiology conference - is the first to connect the drug with cardiovascular problems.

Scientists cannot be fully certain yet that sleeping pills are causing heart problems - and the manufacturers say there are no known adverse cardiac reactions to zolpidem.

However, the researchers say the results from a study of more than 5,000 people are sufficiently worrying for "further large-scale and in-depth investigations".

Source: ANI
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