Yaz® Heart Attack Information

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There is an increased risk of heart attack among users of Yaz compared to women who don’t use such medications. If you or someone you love uses Yaz as their birth control method, it’s a good idea to learn the warning signs of a heart attack.

Yaz / Yasmin Lawsuit Update 8/2/12: According to a second quarter stockholders newsletter released this week, pharmaceutical giant Bayer is poised to pay out more than $1.2 billion to settle lawsuits filed on behalf of individuals allegedly injured by Yaz and Yasmin side effects.Yet despite the massive payout, Bayer will still face thousands of lawsuits over Yaz and Yasmin in the near future.

Two new British Medical Journal (BMJ) studies have confirmed that Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella and other new ‘fourth generation’ birth control medications significantly increase the risk of blood clots over those taking older birth control products. The results of the studies highlight the well known fact that the mix of hormones needed to prevent pregnancy also promote clotting factors.

What’s the problem?

Yaz has been found to cause a number of deadly side effects, including blood clots and heart attack. Yaz heart attacks are most likely to affect women who:

  • Have a history of blood clots, heart attack, and stroke
  • Are over 35 years old
  • Smoke

For a thorough assessment of your specific risk, you should visit your doctor and undergo a complete physical exam. In addition to discussing your medical history, doctors may perform imaging and / or blood tests to determine whether you are at an increased risk. Yaz should only be prescribed to patients with a low risk for severe side effects. High-risk patients should continue to work with their doctor to find a safe alternative form of birth control.

Yaz Heart Attack Signs & Symptoms

Individuals taking Yaz should be familiar with all potential side effects and their symptoms. The earlier a condition is diagnosed and treated, the more likely the patient will survive and recover. Signs and symptoms of a possible Yaz heart attack include:

  • Anxiety
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Inexplicable fatigue
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Pain in the shoulder, neck and/or upper jaw
  • Pain in the upper body and/or stomach
  • Unusual sweating
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