Here’s the dilemma… Guidelines formed by the American Heart Association and supported by various geriatric groups have stated that doctors should use narcotic analgesics instead of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) to treat arthritis.
This is because of the data indicating the increased risk from cardiovascular events due to NSAIDS.
What has happened since then is a marked increase in numbers of falls, fractures, and premature deaths in elderly arthritis patients. This according to a study from the Geisinger Clinic.
Practically speaking, the mortality rate for people past the age of 65 is much higher from hip fracture than it is from heart attack.
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