Yasmin, a brand name of the generic prescription birth control pill drospirenone, prevents pregnancies by altering the linings of both the cervix and uterus so that it is almost impossible for a sperm to fertilize an egg. When women take the medication daily and within two hours of the same time each day, Yasmin is 99 percent effective. It is produced and marketed by Bayer, after originally being developed and marketed by Berlex Laboratories.
Yasmin is also prescribed to treat moderate cases of acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). PMDD is a more intense form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and is characterized by symptoms that are more incapacitating than those of PMS. These include mood swings, severe bloating, and insomnia.
No matter what reason Yasmin is taken, it has a number of very serious and often life-threatening side effects that include heart attacks. For this reason, it is essential that women who take Yasmin are aware of what the risk factors and symptoms are for Yasmin heart attacks. With this knowledge they can either find an alternative form of contraception if they have a higher chance of having a Yasmin-related heart attack or they can quickly get medical attention if they have the symptoms.
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
The symptoms of a Yasmin birth control heart attack can be any combination of the following:
· Pain in the abdomen or heartburn
· Pain or pressure in the chest
· Pain or discomfort in other areas like the neck, jaw, shoulder, or upper back
· Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
· Feeling extremely anxious or nervous
· Unexplainable weakness or fatigue
· Nausea and/or vomiting
· Difficulty catching one’s breath, especially if when not exerting oneself
Additional Health Risk Factors
Some women may have a higher risk factor than others for heart attack when taking Yasmin. These women will have certain things in the medical history:
· Previous heart attacks
· Heart disease
· High cholesterol
· High blood pressure
· Low levels of estrogen or menopause
· Metabolic syndrome which is characterized by high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and large amounts of abdominal fat
Yasmin heart attacks are also more likely for someone whose lifestyle includes diets high in fat, too much alcohol, and not enough exercise.
Upon Experiencing Heart Attack Symptoms
If a woman experiences a heart attack while taking Yasmin she should seek emergency medical treatment. Once she has recovered she should follow all treatments that are prescribed and make the lifestyle changes necessary to avoid future heart attacks and to restore normal health.
Women who suffer Yasmin heart attacks may be entitled to compensation via a lawsuit or settlement with Bayer. Compensation may be paid to cover all of their medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation, permanent disabilities, pain and suffering, and funeral and burial costs in the event of death.