Pulmonary embolisms occur when a blood clot develops inside veins deep inside the body. If these blood clots detach, they can travel until they get stuck within the lungs. When this occurs, the blood clot starves lung tissue of blood, which can cause the organ to become damaged or fail. In severe cases, pulmonary embolisms can cause death.
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Yasmin birth control pills contain a combination of two hormones: estrogen and progestin. The progestin in Yasmin is called drospirenone, a newly-developed type of progestin. When Yasmin was approved by the FDA in 2001, it was the first birth control pill to contain drospirenone.
Now, the FDA is updating the labels and warning information on Yasmin. Why? Several large research studies have linked drospirenone to an increased risk of blood clots compared to other synthetic progestins. Women who take Yasmin may be three times more likely to develop a blood clot. One of the biggest dangers with these blood clots is that they occasionally break loose from their original location, travel to the lungs, and cause a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
Yasmin and Pulmonary Embolisms
Yasmin has been associated with a higher risk of blood clots. These clots are dangerous, because they tend to form in deep veins, where it is difficult for the body to dissolve the clot or filter it out before it reaches a major internal organ. Blood clots that form in deep veins in the body (a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis) tend to grow over the course of several days. Then, small pieces of the clot break away from the vein wall, travel to the heart, which pumps them into the lungs. Then, the blood clot gets stuck inside smaller blood vessels within the lungs (a condition called a pulmonary embolism). When this sequence of events occurs, the entire syndrome is called a venous thromboembolism.
The problem with having a blood clot in the lungs is that it cuts off the blood-supply to the lungs. If untreated, this can cause the tissue to become oxygen-deprived within a few minutes. Within hours, the tissue dies permanently, causing organ damage. If the blood clot is blocking a major vessel in the lungs, large sections of lung tissue may become severely damaged. There is no way to reverse this type of tissue damage. In some cases, severe lung damage leads to organ failure and death.
Symptoms of a Yasmin Pulmonary Embolism
Any woman who takes a progestin-containing birth control pill (which is most of them) should be aware of the symptoms of DVT, blood clots, and pulmonary embolisms, because all progestin-containing birth control pills increase the risk of having a blood clot. The early symptoms are often benign. Blood clots do not always have symptoms. In fact, many people who have a pulmonary embolism decide to delay seeking treatment because they are unsure if they have a blood clot. This is a bad idea. The longer treatment is delayed, the worse the prognosis. Any time a blood clot is suspected, this is an emergency situation.
A pulmonary embolism may have the following symptoms:
- Feeling of general unease, anxiety
- Unexplainable shortness of breath
- Chest discomfort that becomes worse with coughing
- Changes in consciousness, light-headedness, blacking out
Treatment for a Yasmin Pulmonary Embolism
The sooner treatment for a Yasmin pulmonary embolism begins, the better the prognosis. Untreated pulmonary embolisms cause death in approximately 30% of cases. Most pulmonary embolisms are caused by small blood clots inside the lungs. These are diagnosed when a doctor performs a blood test, CT scan, or lung scan that reveals abnormal circulation within the lungs.
After a doctor diagnoses a pulmonary embolism, he or she will likely administer an anticoagulant drug. The mainstay of blood-thinning treatment is the use of heparin or warfarin, two anticoagulants with a long history of use in medicine. If these medications are ineffective, a doctor may need to use intravenous clot-busting drugs. These are usually only administered in life-or-death scenarios, because they have a high risk of bleeding. If a patient is at immediate risk of dying from a pulmonary embolism, surgery may be necessary to remove the clot from the lungs.
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