Pradaxa® (Dabigatran Etexilate) & Heart Attacks
According to a recent study, the heart attack risk of Pradaxa® treatment is 33 percent higher than that for warfarin treatment. Both drugs are used to help prevent strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation, but a study from the highly respected Cleveland Clinic shows that heart attack and severe symptoms of heart disease are 33 percent more likely when Pradaxa® — a new anticoagulant drug (not a "blood thinner") — is used instead of the long-known anticoagulant warfarin.
A safety warning issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2011 took note of the high number of atrial fibrillation patients treated with Pradaxa® who experienced heart attacks and serious bleeding events. Safety warnings issued by Australian and Japanese correlates of the U.S. FDA also described troubling heart attack and severe bleeding symptoms among Pradaxa® patients in those countries.
The alarming finding from the Cleveland Clinic is based on seven different clinical trials that tested Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate) in comparison with warfarin and control treatments such as placebo, in over 30,000 patients. The benefits of Pradaxa®, weighed against its increased risk of heart attack, are being called into question.
Heart Attack Symptoms from Pradaxa®
All patients with heart disease or atrial fibrillation who have been treated with Pradaxa® should be aware of heart attack symptoms, which include:
- a feeling of fullness or pressure in the center of the chest
- a sense of impending "doom"
- long-lasting pain in the upper abdomen
- nausea and vomiting
- pain that goes beyond the chest to the shoulder, back, or arm, or even to the jaw
- shortness of breath
In women, other or additional symptoms of heart attack are:
- abdominal pain
- clammy skin
- dizziness, lightheadedness
- unexplained fatigue
Pradaxa® Heart Attack Lawsuits
Pradaxa® heart attack lawsuits are being investigated on behalf of patients who have suffered a heart attack, bleeding event, or other serious side effect after being treated with the anticoagulant. Our Pradaxa® lawyers are available to review your case for free if you feel that you or someone you love has been injured by the medication. To schedule a free case review, please contact us today.