Anti-inflammatory drug ‘cuts heart attack risk’

Anti-inflammatory drug ‘cuts heart attack risk’

 

Anti-inflammatory drugs could cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study of 10,000 patients suggests.

A trial of the drug canakinumab could represent the biggest breakthrough in treatment since the advent of statins to lower cholesterol, its authors say.

The study reported a 15% reduction in the risk of a repeat heart attack among patients – but others questioned the drug’s efficacy, side-effects and cost.

Recipients of the drug had an increased risk of potentially fatal infections.

However, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) said the “exciting and long-awaited trial” could still help save lives.

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