Avastin and Heart Attack Side Effects

Avastin attorneys can help patients who have experienced a heart attack during or after Avastin use. If you have been adversely affected by the cancer drug, consult an Avastin attorney immediately.

FDA advisory panels have recommended that the cancer drug Avastin no longer be marketed for the treatment of breast cancer, due to the risk of life-threatening side effects in breast cancer patients taking the medication. Avastin was approved by the FDA in 2004 and has since been used in combination with chemotherapy to treat breast cancer, as well as kidney, brain and lung cancers. Avastin (bevacizumab) functions by interrupting the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body, and is currently manufactured by Genentech, a subsidiary of Roche Pharmaceuticals. The FDA approved Avastin to treat breast cancer in 2008 under the agency's accelerated program, which allows drugs to enter the market based solely on clinical data which suggests that the medication may have a meaningful clinical benefit. Unfortunately, Avastin may no longer be an appropriate treatment for breast cancer, in light of new studies exposing the potential dangers associated with the cancer drug. If you took Avastin and have since experienced a serious side effect, contact an experienced Avastin attorney to discuss your claim.

Heart Attack Symptoms

A heart attack occurs when the flow of oxygenated blood to a section of the heart suddenly becomes blocked. If blood flow isn't restored quickly, that section of the heart muscle may become damaged or begin to die. The most common symptoms of heart attack include chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea, and discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or upper part of the stomach. Other heart attack symptoms may include fatigue, sleep problems and lack of energy.

Heart Attack Treatment and Prognosis

Most heart attacks are caused by a blood clot that blocks one of the coronary arteries, preventing blood and oxygen from reaching the heart. Treatment for a heart attack may include medications to break up the clot, receiving an angioplasty, which is a procedure to open narrowed or blocked blood vessels, or even open heart surgery. Each year, about 1.2 million Americans have heart attacks, many of which result in fatality. How well a patient does after a heart attack depends on the amount of damage the heart muscle and heart valves suffer, and where that damage is located. If the heart can no longer adequately pump blood to the rest of the body, heart failure may be diagnosed.

Avastin Side Effect Studies and FDA Warnings

According to FDA panels, Avastin may no longer be considered an safe treatment for breast cancer, due to the risk of serious side effects associated with the cancer drug. The FDA has concluded not only that Avastin fails to prolong survival in breast cancer patients, but also that it fails to provide a great enough benefit in slowing the progression of the disease to outweigh the serious risks posed to Avastin patients. Although Avastin is one of the best-selling cancer drugs in the world, studies have shown that the medication increases the risk of life-threatening side effects by nearly 50% when used in combination with chemotherapy, compared with chemotherapy alone. The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study in 2008 which indicated that patients taking Avastin had an increased risk of developing dangerous deep vein clots or venous thromboembolism in the lungs or legs, compared to patients who didn't take the cancer drug. A thromboembolism occurs when a blood clot develops in a deep vein and a piece breaks off, traveling in the blood stream to a vessel near the heart and blocking blood flow. This process typically results in a heart attack or stroke.

Avastin Attorneys for Heart Attack Side Effects

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. If you or a loved one has suffered from a heart attack and you believe Avastin to be the cause, contact a qualified Avastin attorney to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, which you can collect by filing an Avastin lawsuit against Genentech (Roche). The main goal of Avastin attorneys is to help injured victims protect their rights and hold the allegedly negligent drug company liable for their injuries. Pharmaceutical companies like Genentech are expected to produce safe and effective medications that do not expose patients to unnecessary harm. Unfortunately, there are some drugs currently on the market that are linked to side effects so severe that they may actually outweigh any possible benefits of the treatment. By hiring an experienced Avastin lawyer to represent your case, you can collect the compensation you deserve and bring public attention to the importance of safe medications.

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