"Antibiotic Tied to Slightly Higher Heart Attack Risk"

Pneumonia patients who took azithromycin had slight increase in heart attack risk but not heart failure or arrhythmia risk

(dailyRx News) While some antibiotics may cure a bacterial infection, they also may be linked to less desirable health effects.

Azithromycin (brand name Zithromax or Z-Pak) is an antibiotic that may be used to treat pneumonia. Some patients who have taken azithromycin in the past have experienced heart problems that included irregular heartbeats and heart attacks.

A recent study of older people with pneumonia compared patients who took azithromycin to those who did not take azithromycin.

The researchers found that short-term survival was higher in those treated with azithromycin. The researchers also found a slight increase in heart attack risk, but no increase in risk of irregular heartbeat or heart failure in patients who were treated with azithromycin.

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