When a person has a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot (usually one that forms in the legs) is pumped into the lungs and becomes trapped. It cuts off the supply of blood to the lungs. Without treatment, a severe pulmonary embolism can cause irreversible lung tissue damage, organ failure, severe disability, or death.
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Yaz is a popular method of birth control, especially among young women. Yaz is sold by the pharmaceutical company Bayer. The FDA first approved Yaz for sale in the United States in 2006. It was the second birth control pill to contain a controversial new ingredient, drospirenone (the first was Yasmin).
The problem with Yaz is that there is a large body of scientific evidence linking the drospirenone in Yaz to a higher risk of blood clots compared to other hormonal birth control pills. This risk has been established in many studies, the most notable of which concluded in November 2011. Researchers analyzed the rate of blood clots among 800,000 women taking a hormonal birth control pill. They found that those taking drospirenone (an ingredient in Yaz) were three times more likely to develop a blood clot. The FDA recently announced that it would update the drug information on Yaz to include this new information.
Yaz and Pulmonary Embolisms
In April of 2012, the FDA announced that the warning information on Yaz will be updated to include new information about the increased risk of blood clots. Yaz contains drospirenone, a “fourth generation” synthetic progestin that has been linked to a tripled risk of blood clots compared to other synthetic progestins.
When a women taking Yaz develops a blood clot, it almost always forms in the lower legs, in a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). On its own, DVT is not life-threatening. However, if a blood clot from DVT breaks away from the vein wall, it may travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. When a woman suffers from DVT, blood clots, and a pulmonary embolism, this combined syndrome is called a venous thromboembolism.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that up to 2 million Americans have a pulmonary embolism each year. One risk factor is oral contraceptives, such as Yaz. For decades, most birth control pills have contained a combination of two hormones (estrogen and progestin), and researchers have long known that one side effect of these medications is the risk of a venous thromboembolism.
Symptoms of a Yaz Pulmonary Embolism
The initial symptoms of a Yaz pulmonary embolism are relatively mild, which is why some people delay seeking treatment. The risk of dying of a pulmonary embolism increases with delayed treatment, so it is important to seek emergency medical care as soon as a blood clot is suspected. The initial symptom of a blood clot may be swelling, pain, and discoloration in the legs, arms, or other part of the body. These symptoms may get worse over a few days.
Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism generally include, but are not limited to:
- Feeling of general unease, anxiety
- Unexplainable shortness of breath
- Chest discomfort that becomes worse with coughing
- Changes in consciousness, light-headedness, blacking out
Treatment of a Yaz Pulmonary Embolism
There are several ways to diagnose a pulmonary embolism. These methods may include blood tests, CT scans, or lung imaging tests to monitor blood flow in the lungs. After the doctor diagnoses a pulmonary embolism, the first step is usually administering medications to prevent more blood clots from reaching the lungs. Standard anticoagulant drugs include warfarin and heparin, which effectively prevent blood clots from growing any larger. If the blood clot does not respond to this treatment, the physician may need to administer a “clot-busting” drug that is more aggressive. When a patient is dying of a pulmonary embolism, a doctor may be forced to perform emergency surgery to remove the blood clot and restore blood flow to the lungs.
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