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Antibiotic Use Linked To Greater Risk Of Heart Attack And Stroke In Women


Women who take antibiotics over a long period of time are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, according to research carried out in nearly 36,500 women.


In certain circumstances, antibiotics can be lifesaving. Like any drugs, however, their long-term use can cause serious problems. In addition to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study published in 2017 found they may raise the risk of bowel cancer.

Children whose mothers are prescribed antibiotics during pregnancy have been found to have up to 20 per cent increased risk of being hospitalized for serious infections. Other research shows these drugs disrupt the body’s intestinal microbiota, resulting in negative effects on immunity, metabolism, and health.

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