Beyaz is a birth control pill that is associated with a three-fold increased risk of blood clots, which can cause heart attacks. A heart attack is one of the most severe side effects of this medication. During a heart attack, a blood clot stops the supply of oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle.
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Beyaz is a once-daily hormonal contraceptive invented by Bayer. It is basically Yaz birth control plus a folate B-vitamin. Beyaz and Yaz contain the same amount of active hormonal ingredients — 3-mg drospirenone (progestin), and 0.02-mg ethinyl estradiol (estrogen). Beyaz also contains an additional 0.451-mg of levomefolate calcium, which is a metabolite of folic acid.
To be most effective at preventing pregnancy, Beyaz should be taken once a day, every day, at the same time each day. Many women do not take Beyaz consistently, however. For these women, around 9 per 100 will get pregnant.
Beyaz contains folate to reduce the risk of neural tube birth defects when a woman accidentally gets pregnant. Neural tube birth defects include spina bifida and anencephaly. They can cause severe injury to a developing baby. Experts now know that maternal folate deficiencies are often the cause of these defects, which is why Beyaz is supplemented with a folate vitamin.
Beyaz and Heart Attacks
Beyaz is known to cause heart attacks. Though rare, a heart attack can cause severe organ system failure, disability, and death. During a heart attack, a blood clot clogs a coronary artery, and stops the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle. Within the first few minutes of a heart attack, cardiac tissue is starved of oxygen, and usually produces the first symptoms of a heart attack — chest pain or discomfort. The longer it takes to restore circulation to this tissue, the more severe the damage is to the heart.
Studies have linked drospirenone, an ingredient in Beyaz, to a three-fold increased risk of blood clots compared to other birth control pills. This increased risk is seen even in women with no risk factors, or medical history of blood clots or heart attacks. However, a Beyaz heart attack is most likely to occur in women who smoke, are over 35, have diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure.
Severe heart attacks can cause heart failure. When the heart muscle is deprived of oxygen for too long, large sections of the heart muscle may be severely damaged. The heart may be too injured to continue pumping blood into the body. Other organ systems and tissues become starved of oxygen, leading to organ system failure and death.
Signs & Symptoms of a Beyaz Heart Attack
A Beyaz heart attack can cause severe injury or death, but it often begins with relatively mild symptoms. Because all birth control pills that contain progestin increase the risk of a heart attack, it is prudent to be aware of the early symptoms of a heart attack. Early treatment is essential for a good prognosis. Sometimes, people delay seeking emergency medical care because they do not believe they are having a heart attack. Any time a heart attack is suspected, this is an emergency situation. Do not wait, call 911 immediately.
Early symptoms of a heart attack may include:
- Chest discomfort or chest pain: This symptom is not always painful. It may be described as a feeling of fullness, tightness, pressure, squeezing, or aching in the chest. It may last for several minutes, or it may come and go, or it may be sudden and very painful.
- Pain in other areas of the body: It is common for chest pain to extend to the upper body, arms, shoulders, back, or teeth and jaw. A person who is having a heart attack may also have symptoms resembling indigestion or heartburn.
- Shortness of breath: The person may gasp for air, take very deep breaths, or breathe very rapidly.
- Changes in consciousness: Fainting, feeling light-headed, blacking out, dizziness, being confused, or growing very weak.
- Sweating: The person may sweat profusely. They may also have skin that is cool and clammy.
- Anxiety: Nervousness, feeling an impending sense that something is wrong, etc.
- Nausea: The person may feel very sick and vomit. They may look very ill.
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