Osteoporosis Drugs Linked To Irregular Heart Beat In Study

October 28, 2008

A new study has found a link between popular osteoporosis drugs and an irregular heart beat.........Boston (ChattahBox) – A new study has found a link between popular osteoporosis drugs and an irregular heart beat.

A team of researchers were led by Jennifer Miranda of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and focused on analyzing three different studies which featured over 16,000 patients.

Overall, they found that 2.5%  to 3% of those who took the osteoporosis drugs Fosomax and Reclast ended up with an abnormal heart beat.

When comparing the groups of those who had the drugs and who did not, those who had the drugs had twice the risk fo having an irregular heart beat.

They also stated that 1% to 2% of them had to be either hospitalized, or died.

This irregular heart beat is diagnosed as atrial fibrillation.

The study was presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians.


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