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How YAZ Can Cause Heart Attacks

A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, generally occurs when the blood vessels supplying the heart muscle become blocked, preventing the heart from getting the oxygen and nutrients that it needs. This can cause heart tissue to die, leaving the muscle unable to pump blood throughout the body.

There are certain risk factors and lifestyle choices that can increase your chance of suffering from a heart attack. Some drugs linked to myocardial infarction are YAZ, Yasmin, and Ocella. If you have taken any of these oral contraceptives and suffered from a heart attack or other adverse side effects, you should contact a YAZ lawyer from Williams Hart today at 800-761-3187 for a free case evaluation.

Drospirenone and Hyperkalemia

YAZ, Yasmin, and Ocella use two hormones, drospirenone and estradiol, to help regulate ovulation. Drospirenone is a different type of hormone from what is used in most types of oral birth control, and it can increase one’s potassium levels and cause a condition called hyperkalemia. Potassium is an important mineral for nerve and muscle cell function, including heart function. If you develop hyperkalemia, you can experience an irregular heartbeat and even cardiac arrest.

Risk Factors for Heart Attack

There are several myocardial infarction risk factors for women, including:

  • Age, especially women over the age of 35
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol

Any of these factors can make it more difficult for the heart to pump blood. The use of drospirenone and hyperkalemia along with these factors can make for a deadly combination.

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If you have experienced a heart attack, stroke, or serious side effects due to taking YAZ, Yasmin, or Ocella, you should fight back against this terrible negligence. You may be entitled to financial compensation. To discuss the facts of your case, contact an experienced YAZ lawsuit attorney from Williams Hart at 800-761-3187 today.

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