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Like an NSAID, acetaminophen affects BP after all.(blood pressure and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents)

An alarming one in three American adults has hypertension. Equally troubling, because it has no symptoms or warning signs, is the fact that when elevated blood pressure is accompanied by abnormal cholesterol and blood sugar levels, the damage to your arteries, kidneys, and heart accelerates exponentially. Fortunately, high blood pressure is easy to detect and treat. And of course, many people can keep blood pressure in a healthy range simply by making lifestyle changes--losing weight, increasing activity, and eating more healthfully.

For people with cardiovascular disease who need relief from aches and pains, acetaminophen (Tylenol, Excedrin) has long been touted as a safer alternative to aspirin or NSAIDs like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). A small but important Swiss trial now warns that this may not be so.

The current literature has been less than explicit on how acetaminophen may affect blood pressure in people with coronary artery disease (CAD). …

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