Common antibiotics up risk of cardiac events

Treatment of bacterial infections with macrolides may increase the odds of sudden cardiac death, ventricular tachyarrhythmias and cardiovascular death, say Chinese researchers.

Their meta-analysis of 33 studies with over 20 million people found a small but statistically significant increased risk of cardiac events in people taking azithromycin, clarithromycin and erythromycin.

Compared with those who took no