One of the drugs commonly administered during heart surgery, Trasylol, has been demonstrated as having adverse effects and may possibly cause life-threatening heart attacks. Trasylol is a medication used to control blood loss during cardiovascular surgery and has been given to patients throughout the U.S. A study by the New England Journal of Medicine has been released, detailing serious risks associated with the use of Trasylol, such as heart attack, kidney failure and increased chance of stroke.
Trasylol and Heart Attacks
Dr. Dennis T. Mangano and his associates at the Ischemia Research and Education Foundation performed a controlled test on the side effects of Trasylol. Over 4,000 patients participated in the study divided into three groups. One group received Trasylol, the second group received an alternate drug and the last group received no blood loss control drug. The research team determined that those using Trasylol may be 50% more likely to suffer a heart attack than those using alternate medications. This is alarming news for a medicine that has been available and in use for 13 years.
Trasylol Side Effects
Patients given Trasylol experienced a variety of different side effects. Along with a 50% increase in risk of heart attack, patients were also at an elevated risk of kidney failure and stroke. As Trasylol was designed to prevent bleeding during surgery, the effect was slowed circulation to the organs that may damage the heart, kidneys and brain.
Many health professionals are now supporting the use of alternative medicines to prevent bleeding and blood loss during cardiac surgical procedures. Medicines that prevent blood clots, such as aminocaproic acid and tranexamic acid are considered safer drugs for heart surgery. Tranexamic acid and aminocaproic acid have been shown to be just as effective, less costly and have significantly fewer side effects than Trasylol.
If you or someone you know has suffered the adverse effects of Trasylol after heart surgery, you may be entitled to compensation for the pain and damages. Call or email us today to get in touch with a qualified personal injury attorney regarding your case. Speak with our experienced attorneys in order to evaluate your case. Our staff is knowledgeable about the legal rights of those hurt by Trasylol and we can help you generate a plan of action.