Yaz is a new birth control pill that has been linked to an increased risk of life-threatening heart attacks, even among women with no medical history of heart attacks. Some studies have found that women who take Yaz may be up to three times more likely to develop blood clots.
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Yaz birth control pills are sold by the drug giant Bayer, and they were initially marketed in the United States in 2006. Yaz was the second birth control pill to contain drospirenone, a new type of synthetic hormone (Yasmin was the first). Within a couple years, Bayer successfully launched Yaz and Yasmin to blockbuster drug status. However, the enormous success was short-lived.
Evidence began growing regarding the link between drospirenone and an increased risk of blood clots. Some studies found that women using drospirenone-containing birth control pills had as much as a three-fold increased risk of developing a blood clot.
However, despite the increased risk of blood clots, many women who were taking the drugs had no idea. The FDA called Bayer’s advertising campaign for Yaz and Yasmin “misleading,” because the ads “failed to communicate any risk information.” They also implied that the new drugs were superior to older drugs, and could treat PMS, acne, bloating, and other ailments the FDA never approved.
In 2012, the FDA announced that it would finally be updating the labels on all drospirenone-containing birth control pills, including Yaz, to explicitly warn women about the increased risk of blood clots.
Yaz and Heart Attacks
Researchers have conducted several studies involving hundreds of thousands of women who take birth control pills, and they have found that women taking drospirenone are up to three times more likely to develop blood clots compared to women taking non-drospirenone birth control pills. This increased risk applies to all women, even those who have never had problems with blood clots, heart attacks, etc.
The blood clots caused by drospirenone tend to form deep within the body, in a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). These clots often do not have symptoms until they cause more serious problems. A DVT blood clot can grow to enormous size, causing severe damage to the blood vessel. Another risk is that the blood clot may break loose and get stuck in an internal organ, such as the heart.
The heart is an organ, and like all organs in the body, it requires a steady supply of oxygen-rich blood to survive. Oxygen-rich blood reaches the heart via three coronary arteries. If a blood clot blocks one of these arteries, the heart muscle can quickly become oxygen-deprived and it will start to die within minutes.
If circulation to the heart muscle is not immediately restored, the damaged heart muscle can cause heart failure. This occurs when the heart is too damaged to pump effectively, and it is unable to supply the rest of the body with the blood it needs to survive. Severe heart failure can be deadly. Heart failure can also be prolonged, progressing in stages, because the heart is only able to supply the body with a limited amount of blood. Shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling of the limbs are common symptoms of heart failure.
Symptoms of a Yaz Heart Attack
All women who take hormonal birth control have a risk of a heart attack, so it is a good idea to be familiar with the early symptoms so you can seek treatment immediately.
Symptoms of a Yaz heart attack vary from person. In some cases, the initial symptoms are mild, resembling indigestion, which is why some people decide to delay seeking treatment. Early treatment can mean the difference between life and death. Prognosis will depend on how quickly a physician can restore circulation to the heart muscle and prevent heart damage.
Symptoms of a Yaz heart attack may include:
- Strange feeling in the chest — pressure, squeezing, or “fullness” that lasts more than a few minutes
- Pain in the chest, which may spread to the arm, shoulder, back, teeth, or jaw. This chest pain may grow worse.
- Upper abdominal pain or discomfort
- Shortness of breath for no apparent reason
- Excessive sweating
- Fear, anxiety, feeling that something is seriously wrong
- Changes in consciousness (dizziness, feeling faint, light-headedness)
- Nausea, vomiting
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