Yaz and arrhythmia

March 7, 2010

Women who take Yaz or Yasmin should be aware that these birth control pills present an increased risk of arrhythmia, which is an irregular heartbeat.

Under normal circumstances, your heart beats at a rate that is relative to your current level of activity and comfort. An arrhythmia occurs when your heart rate becomes abnormal for some reason.

Arrhythmias can be placed into one of two main categories:

Tachycardia: Tachycardia occurs when the heart is beating too fast, specifically, at a rate of over 100 beats per minute.

Bradycardia: Bradycardia occurs when a person’s heart rate is too slow, specifically, at rate of less than 60 beats per minute for an adult who is awake.

If your heart rate drops below 50 beats per minute, enough blood may not be pumping to your organs. As a result, you can begin to experience serious side effects, including:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pains
  • Fainting
  • Confusion
  • Heart palpitations
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath

In the worst cases, complications from arrhythmia can include:

  • Stroke
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Blood clots
  • Death

Sadly, there is no cure for arrhythmia. Instead, patients must undergo long-term treatments and rehabilitation as well as attend regular checkups.

If you believe you have experienced arrhythmia as a result of taking Yasmin or Yaz, you should immediately contact your physician. Additionally, you can also contact the Yaz and Yasmin lawsuit attorneys of Fears | Nachawati for free legal advice.

Women who have been injured, including by arrhythmias, as a result of taking Yaz or Yasmin birth control may be able to bring a lawsuit against the maker of these drugs.

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