Scientific studies and adverse event reports have linked Crestor and similar drugs to a potentially fatal heart condition known as cardiomyopathy. Crestor belongs to the statins family of drugs and is used to lower cholesterol. Statins are also known to cause muscle damage including heart damage, and Crestor is currently marketed as the strongest drug in the statins family. Our Crestor lawyers have evidence that the makers of Crestor were aware of the risk of heart problems linked to Crestor, but that they acted negligently in failing to warn the public of this risk. If you or a loved one has suffered from Crestor cardiomyopathy, you may be entitled to substantial compensation in a dangerous drug lawsuit. Contact a Crestor attorney at our firm today to learn more about your rights in a free legal consultation.
In the most basic terms, cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle. Crestor and other statins can cause three types of cardiomyopathy. Dilated cardiomyopathy, the most common form of this condition, causes the heart to become so enlarged that it can no longer pump blood normally. This can lead to a number of potentially deadly complications, including:
Statins were granted pre-market approval for use in the United States in 1987. These drugs work by lowering levels of an enzyme known as CoQ10, which in turn lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) levels. CoQ10 is vital to energy production in the heart and other muscles, and when this enzyme is too low, deterioration of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy) can result.
Citing ineffectual study results and inadequate clinical studies, consumer protection groups called for a Crestor ban even before the drug was approved by the FDA. In addition to cardiomyopathy, Crestor has been associated with the following serious conditions:
If you or someone you love has taken Crestor to lower your bad cholesterol and has since suffered from heart damage such as cardiomyopathy, you may be able to hold the makers of Crestor accountable for your physical, emotional, and financial damages. A Crestor attorney from Arentz Law Group, P.C. can help you build a strong case and defend your rights until you recover the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. Contact a Crestor lawyer today to schedule a free legal consultation and review of your claim.