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Popular Heartburn Medications Linked to Higher Risk of Stroke

Millions of Americans who are taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for heartburn and acid reflux may be at increased risk for heart attacks and stroke, CNN reports. PPIs have also been linked to kidney disease and dementia. Brand names for these drugs include Prevacid, Nexium, Prilosec and Protonix. Other research has linked these drugs to overgrowth of bacteria, infections, bone fractures and the fastest growing type of esophageal cancer. And while most people take PPIs for what they...

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