Pradaxa® heart attacks are receiving intense attention from researchers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and patients who need to take anticoagulant medication such as Pradaxa® (dabigatran). In the first three months after Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate) was released on the U.S. market, over 500 cases of bleeding problems linked to this drug were reported to the FDA.
If you've been treated with Pradaxa® and have suffered a heart attack, you might qualify to seek compensation. Schedule a free case review with a Pradaxa® lawyer to find out if you qualify.
FDA: Risk of Heart Attack for Pradaxa® Patients
The FDA announced in late 2011 that it would conduct a safety review of Pradaxa® (dabigatran). The drug had only been on the market for 14 months. The FDA's concern is that Pradaxa® presents an unacceptably high risk of heart attack (myocardial infarction). The manufacturer of Pradaxa®, Boehringer Ingelheim, launched its own investigation into reports of Pradaxa® heart attacks and severe internal bleeding incidents.
Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
It's very important to know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, especially if you're being treated with an anticoagulant drug such as Pradaxa® (dabigatran). Call 911 or an emergency room if you're experiencing:
- chest pain: a feeling of fullness, pressure, or squeezing in the center of your chest that lasts for longer than a few minutes
- an impending sense of doom
- nausea, vomiting
- pain in the upper abdomen that doesn't go away
- pain that extends from beyond your chest to your shoulder, arm, back, or even to your jaw
- shortness of breath
However, some heart attacks don't produce any signs or symptoms, and in women, other signs may appear (e.g., heartburn or abdominal pain, clammy skin, lightheadedness).
Contact a Pradaxa® Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered a heart attack or a loved one has died from a fatal heart attack after being treated with Pradaxa® (whether you're still on this medication or not), you should speak with a Pradaxa® injury lawyer about your rights to seek compensation. You may be eligible to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and suffering. To learn more, schedule a free case review by contacting us today.