ANTIBIOTICS ARE WORSE FOR YOUR
HEART THAN YOU EVER DREAMED
“Azithromycin and levofloxacin [both common Antibiotics] were both associated with elevated risks of death and serious cardiac arrhythmias during standard lengths of prescription.” Todd Neale from a recent article he wrote for the March 10 edition of MedPage Today.
Dr.Gowtham Rao and colleagues found the risk of all-cause death and arrythmias were 48% greater and 77 percent greater respectively for the Zithro group as compared to Amoxocillin. But that was not the thing I found most interesting. The comments by Dr. Thomas Amoroso (MD MPH) on a MedPage Today article talking about this study were telling. After talking about the study hopefully putting another dent in overuse / misuse of Antibiotics, he invokes EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE and then says, “What is the absolute risk? Stating a relative risk without a context in which to put it is, in my personal opinion, a form of statistical malpractice everyone should avoid. Especially those of us who would like physicians to alter their behavior in evidence based ways; if we cheat, we make it OK for anyone to cheat.” One of these days we will cover Absolute Risk -vs- Relative Risk in medical studies, but I have to go now.