A large-scale study by American scientists showed that women taking antibiotics for a long period of time had a risk of having a heart attack or a stroke.
The most vulnerable was the age group of 60 years and over, as well as middle-aged women – 40-59 years. In women aged 20 to 39, the relationship between antibiotic intake and cardiovascular disease was not observed, according to Medical Xpress.
According to the authors of the study, antibiotics kill beneficial intestinal microflora, allowing for the uncontrolled reproduction of harmful viruses and bacteria. Dangerous micro-organisms cause micro-inflammation in the walls of blood vessels, causing them to thin, which in turn causes heart attacks and strokes.
The scientists analyzed over 36,000 case histories of women for 8 years – from 2004 to 2012. It turned out that women over 60 who took antibacterial drugs for two or more months had a 32% more chance of having heart attacks and stroke. In middle-aged women, this figure was 28%.
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Experts warn that antibiotics should only be treated under the supervision of a doctor and only if absolutely necessary.