Increasing evidence from scientific studies shows that Crestor and other statins are sometimes causes of a serious heart condition called cardiomyopathy. Crestor is a statin, a class of drug that is used to lower cholesterol. While muscle damage is a potential side effect of all statins, Crestor is marketed as the strongest drug in the statin class and has been shown in some cases to cause serious damage to the heart muscle. As a result of this, many doctors are calling for Crestor clinical studies to determine the extent to which Crestor is associated with cardiomyopathy and other serious health risks.
Evidence shows that the pharmaceutical manufacturers behind Crestor and other statins have long been aware of the risks associated with these dangerous drugs, yet have failed to adequately warn the public of these risks. If you or someone you love developed cardiomyopathy after taking Crestor or another statin, you may be entitled to significant compensation in a dangerous medication lawsuit.
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Put simply, cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle. There are three types of cardiomyopathy which can be caused by Crestor and other statins. The most common form of cardiomyopathy that is attributed to Crestor is dilated cardiomyopathy. With dilated cardiomyopathy, the heart becomes enlarged to the point where it cannot pump blood normally. This can lead to heart failure, arrhythmia, and the development of blood clots and the potential for embolisms. Complications of cardiomyopathy include:
In 1987, statins were given pre-market approval in the United States. These drugs, like Crestor, decrease bad (LDL) cholesterol in the blood by lowering the levels of an enzyme, CoQ10. This enzyme is essential to energy production in the heart and other muscles, and reduced levels of this chemical can lead to deterioration of the heart muscle, or cardiomyopathy.
Even before Crestor was FDA approved, consumer protection groups and physicians called for it to be banned because of inadequate clinical studies and ineffectual study results. In addition to cardiomyopathy, Crestor has been associated with:
If you developed cardiomyopathy after taking Crestor or another statin, you may not have been adequately warned of the risks associated with this potentially dangerous drug. A number of Crestor patients have filed dangerous drug lawsuits against the maker of Crestor, from which they stand to recover significant compensation. To learn more about Crestor cardiomyopathy lawsuits and your legal options, contact a product liability attorney or Crestor cardiomyopathy lawyer today for a free consultation.
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