Dangerous Drugs Triggering Heart Attacks
If you are one of the millions of people who take drugs for common ailments and illnesses, you may be at a higher risk for a heart attack. Researchers have discovered that a range of commonly prescribed drugs, such as antibiotics or treatments for mental illnesses, may be to blame for the near 15,000 sudden deaths caused by heart attacks every year in the United States and Europe.
A study in the Netherlands found certain drugs prolonged the heart's QTc interval, causing life-threatening disruptions of heart rhythms. The antibiotics erythromycin and clarithromycin were two of the drugs found to be responsible for heart attacks, and are commonly prescribed by doctors to fight bacteria organisms. Other drugs on the at-risk list include anti-psychotic medications like haloperidol, pimozide, chlorpromazine, and gastro-intestinal medicines such as cisapride and domperidone.
These drugs have all been known to cause abnormal heart rhythms, but researchers are just starting to discover how deadly these drugs may be. If your loved one has suffered a heart attack while taking medication, it is important for you to talk to a dangerous drug attorney at our firm. One or two people in every thousand die from a sudden heart attack, and the number rises to three out of every thousand for those who take the drugs mentioned above.
A Dangerous Drug Attorney – Caring Legal Help for Heart Attack Victims
A person has the best chance of surviving a heart attack if they are treated within one or two hours of the first onset of symptoms. A heart attack may cause heart failure, ventricular fibrillation, future heart rhythm disturbances and chest pain, and may result in death. For these reasons, it is important for victims of heart attacks to have strong legal support that is willing to go the distance to defend their rights.
At Arnold & Itkin, LLP, our lawyers understand how to represent those who have been injured because of dangerous drugs. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on the behalf of our clients, and we are waiting to provide you with exceptional legal representation. You don't have to deal with the repercussions of dangerous drugs by yourself. With our help, you can seek compensation for your injuries and medical costs in order to hold negligent pharmaceutical companies accountable for their actions.
Contact a pharmaceutical injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin LLP to schedule your free consultation today!