Stroke Related to Birth Control Pills

/, Stroke/Stroke Related to Birth Control Pills

Stroke Related to Birth Control Pills

Stroke is a devastating condition, but no more so than when it strikes a young person.  We think of the disease as being a condition that affects the elderly and infirm.  But, cases arise involving young adults.  Some conditions that lead to stroke, or cardiovascular accident (CVA), in younger patients include atrial fibrillation and carotid artery dissections.  A recent article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) points to another culprit: oral contraceptives.  Medical negligence cases arise out of the failure to prevent such strokes or the failure to timely treat CVA symptoms once they occur.

Drug companies learned early on that oral contraceptives increase the risk of clot formation.  In an effort to reduce this risk, the drug companies experimented with different combinations and strengths of the chemical components of these so-called “combined oral contraceptives.”  The BMJ article points out that, despite these efforts, the risk of clot formation currently increases from 2 to 6 times in patients using oral contraception.  The average increase in risk is four-fold, according to the study.  However, the risk may be even greater than that since “

[o]nly about 30% of patients with clinical symptoms of (clots) are diagnosed with (clot formation).”

In summary, “all combined oral contraceptives increase the risk of (blood clots.)”  A safe alternative is a levonorgestrel intrauterine device (IUD), which does not increase the risk for blood clots.  We successfully handled a case of a young woman who experienced a CVA related to prescription birth control pills.  In that case, the allegations of medical malpractice arose out of the fact that the woman was prescribed an excessive dose when she had other risk factors for stroke that compounded the risk, including hypertension, obesity and smoking.  The ensuing lawsuit resulted in settlement.

People interested in learning more about our firm’s legal services, including medical malpractice in Ohio, may ask questions or send us information about a particular case by phone or email. There is no charge for contacting us regarding your inquiry. A member of our medical-legal team will respond within 24 hours.

By |2019-03-18T22:02:29+00:00September 17th, 2013|Medication Error, Stroke|0 Comments

Share This Story, Choose Your Platform!

Leave A Comment

Take a look at my new profile page. You can stop by & refer new clients anytime. month
How to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Ohio months
How is Medical Malpractice Defined in Ohio months
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, or other autoimmune diseases already have dysfunctional imm… months
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced a historic settlement involving Purdue Pharma LP that was set for t… months
Aneurysms are survivable with prompt medical attention. Just ask the Mother of Dragons. months
Less texting = safer roads. months
Patients can't afford their medications. months
Another jury links lymphoma to Roundup. months
Would you hop into a self-driving Uber? months
[map address="23240 Chagrin Blvd. Beachwood, OH 44122" type="roadmap" map_style="custom" overlay_color="" infobox="default" infobox_background_color="" infobox_text_color="" infobox_content="Mishkind Kulwicki Co., L.P.A." icon="//" width="100%" height="350px" zoom="12" scrollwheel="no" scale="no" zoom_pancontrol="no" popup="no" class="" id=""][/map]