Prevention Avoid long-term use of irritants (such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, or alcohol). References Kuipers, E. Acid peptic disease. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D. Cecil Textbook of Medicine . 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 141. Lee EL, Feldman M. Gastritis and gastropathies. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease . 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2010:chap 51.
Chronic gastritis is inflammation of the lining of the stomach that persists for a long time.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Chronic gastritis may be caused by prolonged irritation from the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), infection with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori , pernicious anemia (an autoimmune disorder), degeneration of the lining of the stomach from age, or chronic bile reflux.
Are Heatburn Drugs Dangerous for the Heart? Another recent news item was a report that the proton pump inhibitors Nexium (left) and Prilosec (below) might be bad for the heart. The FDA began investigating reports that Astra Zeneca, the manufacturer of the popular acid reflux drugs , had two small studies that suggested the possibility of a risk. Those studies had compared heartburn sufferers over 5 to 14 years who were treated with either medication or surgery . The study found that more patients treated with the drugs had heart attacks, heart failure or heart-related sudden death, as compared to those treated with surgery. The FDA concluded, however, that the patients who underwent surgery were younger and healthier than those treated by drugs, suggesting the heart link was a coincidence. The FDA took the possibility of a link seriously, and looked at 14 additional studies, finding no evidence of a heart risk . While the FDA plans to complete its probe over th...
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