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Heart Attacks | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Disease: Injury, Deaths | Side Effects, Prescription Drugs

More than 1 million Americans suffer heart attacks each year. A heart attack happens when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle itself; the myocardium is severely reduced or blocked. The medical term for heart attack is myocardial infarction. The reduction or obstruction occurs when one or more of the coronary arteries providing blood to the heart muscle is blocked. This is frequently caused by the buildup of plaque (deposits of fat-like substances), a process called atherosclerosis. The plaque can at some point burst, rip or come apart, creating a snag where a blood clot forms and blocks the artery. This leads to a heart attack. A heart attack is also sometimes called a coronary thrombosis or coronary occlusion.

If your blood supply is cut off for more than a few minutes, muscle cells suffer permanent injury and die. Depending upon how much of the heart muscle is damaged, the victim could be disabled or killed. The heart muscle requires a constant supply of oxygen-rich blood to nourish it. The coronary arteries provide the heart with this critical blood supply. If you have coronary artery disease, those arteries become narrow and blood cannot flow as well as it should. Fatty matter, calcium, proteins and inflammatory cells build up within the arteries to form plaques of different sizes. The plaque deposits are hard on the outside and soft and mushy on the inside.

Symptoms of a heart attack include: discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat or arm; fullness; indigestion or choking feeling (may feel like heartburn); sweating; nausea; vomiting; dizziness; extreme weakness; anxiety or shortness of breath; rapid or irregular heartbeats and discomfort; pressure; heaviness or pain in the chest, arm or below the breastbone.

Many of today’s prescription drugs cause heart attacks. Cox-II Inhibitors (Bextra, Celebrex and Vioxx) and HRT drugs (Premarin, Premphase and Prempro) are the most common drugs that cause heart attacks.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Heart Attack

If you or a loved one has suffered a Heart attack as a result of taking HRT drugs or COX-II Inhibitors, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified defective drug attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).

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Antidepressants Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death in Women

Mar 11, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
A new study has concluded that women with no history of cardiac problems but who use antidepressants are at an increased risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD).  HealthDay News reports that the reason for the link remains unknown, according to the researchers whose findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology."We suspect that their use is a marker for people with worse depression," explained the study’s lead author Dr. William Whang, an...

Late Treatment with Stents Questioned

Feb 19, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Cardiac stents have been the subject of much controversy in recent months and, now, two emerging studies have found that patients do not fare better over medications and other treatments than with stents following heart attacks.Stents are tiny wire-mesh tubes used to prop open arteries after doctors clear them of blockages.  Some stents have a drug coating meant to keep vessels from re-clogging following such procedures.Reuters said that the studies found that stents, when used following...

FDA Asks Novartis to Suspend Marketing of GI Drug Zelnorm

Apr 2, 2007 | NewsInferno.com
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation that the company must cease its marketing of Zelnorm (tegaserod), a prescription drug used in the treatment of constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). According to the FDA, Zelmorm has been associated with an “increased risk of serious cardiovascular adverse events (heart problems).” Novartis has agreed to voluntarily suspend its marketing of Zelnorm. Zelnorm was first approved by the...

Zelnorm is taken off the market

Mar 31, 2007 | Los Angeles Times
A widely prescribed drug for severe constipation is being taken off the market after it was linked to a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes, federal regulators said. Doctors said the voluntary withdrawal of Zelnorm by its manufacturer would leave few options for patients who suffer from a type of irritable bowel syndrome that affects about 12 million Americans, mostly women. "This is really a sort of one-of-a-kind drug," said Dr. Bennett Roth, chief of gastroenterology at UCLA...

Novartis to stop constipation drug sale

Mar 30, 2007 | AP
Swiss pharmaceutical maker Novartis AG will stop selling a drug to relieve constipation after it was linked to a higher chance of heart attack, stroke and worsening heart chest pain that can become a heart attack, federal health officials said Friday. Novartis agreed to withdraw Zelnorm at the FDA's request, the agency said in a public health advisory. Zelnorm, also called tegaserod maleate, is a prescription medication approved for short-term treatment of women with irritable bowel syndrome...

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