Studies of Invokana have shown that it significantly increases a patient’s risk of heart attack during the first 30 days of treatment.
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Invokana and Heart Attack
Clinical trials involving patients at risk of heart disease found that 13 patients on Invokana had a major cardiovascular event (mainly strokes and some heart attacks) within the first 30 days of taking the drug, compared to just one patient on a placebo.
After more than 30 days, the number of events balanced out. However, the New York Times reports:
“The significance of those findings was unclear, and the label of the drug includes no warnings about heart attacks or strokes.”
The FDA is requiring Johnson & Johnson to conduct five studies to determine more definitively if Invokana increases the risk of heart attack or stroke, according to Reuters.
It is not clear why Invokana raised the risk of heart attack, but studies have also shown that it increases cholesterol levels — both “good” cholesterol (HDL) and “bad” cholesterol (LDL). Over time, uncontrolled high cholesterol can cause heart attacks.
The findings are concerning because another diabetes drug, Avandia, was banned in Europe and restricted in the United States in 2010 after studies linked it to heart attacks and cardiovascular death.
Diabetes and Heart Attacks
People who have diabetes are twice as likely to have heart disease or a stroke compared to people who do not have diabetes. Heart attacks in diabetic people are also more serious and more likely to be deadly.
What is a Heart Attack?
Heart attack, also known as a myocardial infarction, is a blockage of blood-flow to the heart muscle, which starves the muscle of oxygen. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly, the heart muscle begins to die.
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
The symptoms of a heart attack can be mild or severe. Some victims experience crushing chest pain, while others have symptoms that more closely resemble heartburn. Some of the most common warnings signs are:
- Chest pain or discomfort: May feel like pressure, squeezing, heartburn, or indigestion
- Upper body discomfort: Pain or discomfort may radiate to the arms, back, shoulders, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach
- Shortness of breath: It may be the only symptom, with or without physical activity.
Other symptoms may include light-headedness, sweating, feeling unusually tired, nausea, and vomiting. If you think you or someone else is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 for emergency medical care.
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