Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms

If you are treated with the anticoagulant medication Pradaxa® (generic name dabigatran exitilate), you should be fully aware of the signs and symptoms of heart attack.

Heart attack warning signs video from the American Heart Association.

What Are the Signs of a Heart Attack?

More than one million Americans suffer a heart attack or myocardial infarction every year. When someone has a heart attack, a part of the heart muscle tissue dies because it lacks oxygen.

Heart attack symptoms include:

  • A feeling of pressure, tightness, or heaviness in the chest
  • Pain in the shoulders, neck, jaw or arms
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting
  • Paleness
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath whether or not there is chest pain
  • A sensation that may mimic heartburn such as feeling full or choking
  • Extreme weakness
  • Anxiety
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeats

These symptoms can last a half hour or longer. As soon as you have these symptoms, you should call 911. You should not drive to the hospital yourself or have someone else drive you. When you dial 911, the medical team in the ambulance is able to begin treating you while you are on the way to the hospital.

Pradaxa® Linked to Heart Attack

The risk of a heart attack, fatal heart attack or severe heart disease is 33 percent higher in patients taking Pradaxa® (dabigatran) compared to patients who took another anticoagulant, that is, warfarin, or a placebo. A study reported these results in the Jan. 9, 2012, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. The research study, conducted at the Cleveland Clinic, reviewed the results of post-market reports involving 30,514 patients in seven separate studies.

Editor of the journal, Rita Redberg, M.D., noted that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a previous warning for Pradaxa®. On Dec. 7, 2011, the FDA released a safety review of Pradaxa®. The review was an evaluation of reports in Pradaxa® patients after the drug was on the market. It concluded that Pradaxa® caused serious bleeding events in its patients.

Pradaxa® was approved by the FDA on Oct. 19, 2010, to prevent stroke and blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm). A blood clot that travels to the brain and blocks oxygen carrying blood from reaching brain tissue causes death to the area of the brain being deprived of blood. This is a stroke.

Contact A Pradaxa® Injury Attorney

If you have had a heart attack or had excessive bleeding after taking Pradaxa® (dabigatran), you should contact a Pradaxa® injury attorney. if someone you love died from a heart attack or serious bleeding event and was treated with the anticoagulant, you might be eligible to file a claim to seek compensation for your loss.

To learn more, please schedule a free case review with one of our Pradaxa® injury lawyers today.

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