'But let the pill-taker beware, as new data is coming out about the class of heartburn drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI's). Scarily, they double your risk of dying from a heart attack, according to a recent study reported in PLOS One, a peer-reviewed online journal (1).
This class of drugs is sold over the counter and by doctors as omeprazole (generic version of Prilosec), Prevacid, Protonix and the aforementioned Nexium. The PPI drugs have earned billions in profits by preventing symptoms of heartburn. Do they work? Sure. By preventing the secretion of stomach acid, symptoms go away. Problem solved, right?'