Crestor® (Rosuvastatin) Cardiomyopathy Lawyer
Some researchers believe the cholesterol medication Crestor® (rosuvastatin) can harm the heart and increase the risk of cardiomyopathy and other heart problems. If you or a loved one is taking Crestor® and suffer cardiomyopathy or another heart-related problem, contact a Crestor® cardiomyopathy lawyer for help. You might be eligible to seek compensation for your injury.
Crestor® is a medication used to lower cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol. It belongs to a class of medications called statins. Crestor®, prescribed in combination with a healthy diet and exercise, can help lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol levels in some patients.
Crestor® and other statin medications lower cholesterol by inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, but, these medications have also been found to deplete a person's coenzyme Q10 levels. Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that provides the heart muscle with the energy it needs to pump blood efficiently. A decrease in coenzyme Q10 might impair the energetic capacity of the heart, putting the patient at an increased risk of heart problems such as cardiomyopathy.
What is Cardiomyopathy?
Cardiomyopathy is a serious disease that attacks, weakens, and enlarges the heart muscle. There are three main types of cardiomyopathy — dilated, hypertrophic and restrictive. All three types of this heart disease make it hard for the heart to pump blood throughout the body.
Patients diagnosed with cardiomyopathy might be treated with medications and heart devices. In the most severe cases, patients will require heart transplant surgery.
Sometimes patients with cardiomyopathy will not experience symptoms in the early stages of development. The following symptoms can occur as the disease advances:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling in the feet, ankles and legs
- Fluid buildup in the stomach that causes the stomach to bloat
- Excessive fatigue
- Rapid heart beats
- Dizziness and fainting
Anyone taking Crestor® should seek medical attention immediately if they experience any unusual symptoms. Crestor® has also been linked to an increase in the risk of other serious side effects, including kidney failure and muscle damage.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a condition you feel could be linked to Crestor® use, contact our Crestor® attorneys for help.