Crestor® and Cardiomyopathy

Some researchers believe that Crestor® (rosuvastatin) can increase the risk of cardiomyopathy in certain patients. If you’ve been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy while taking Crestor® to lower your cholesterol, you might be entitled to compensation. to learn more, contact our Crestor® lawyers today.

What Is Cardiomyopathy?

Crestor LawyerThe heart is a muscle. This muscle itself can become diseased; this is known as cardiomyopathy. "Cardio" means heart. "Myo" refers to muscle. "Pathy" refers to disease. When these combining forms are joined, they mean "heart muscle disease."

The heart of someone with cardiomyopathy is weakened and becomes enlarged. The weakened heart has trouble pumping blood and sending it to the rest of your body, which can lead to heart failure.

The two major categories of cardiomyopathy are ischemic and non-ischemic. The more common form, ischemic, is related to heart damage caused by coronary artery disease. The blood vessels providing blood to and from the heart become ischemic, that is, constricted or obstructed. This is sometimes called hardening of the arteries.

Ischemic cardiomyopathy is the most common kind of cardiomyopathy in the U.S. Middle-aged and elderly people are most at risk. The other, less common form, is ischemic cardiomyopathy, and refers to heart muscle disease not related to ischemia.

Three primary types of non-ischemic cardiomyopathy are:

  • Dilated — When muscles in the heart are damaged, the heart becomes enlarged and floppy. The heart enlarges as it attempts to compensate for its compromised ability to pump.
  • Hypertrophic — In this situation, the heart muscle fibers become unusually enlarged. The heart walls thicken, reducing the size of the heart chambers and lessening the amount of space available for blood.
  • Restrictive — In patients with this type of cardiomyopathy, the heart walls become thick and less flexible.

Symptoms of Cardiomyopathy

Symptoms of cardiomyopathy vary with the type and severity of the disease. Those with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy often are unaware of having the disease. The first sign that something is wrong may be sudden cardiac death.

Dilated cardiomyopathy can take years to develop to the point where there are symptoms. When the blood pools in the heart because it cannot be pumped out fast enough, clots may form.

The first symptom of dilated cardiomyopathy may occur when the clot becomes an embolism, that is it travels to another place in the body, and the damage become apparent. An example might an embolism that travels to the brain.

Cardiomyopathy ultimately results in heart failure and the following symptoms:

  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath which worsens when lying down or upon exertion
  • Cough
  • Swelling in the feet or legs
  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heart beat

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy during or after taking Crestor® (rosuvastatin), you might have a legal claim. To learn more, please contact our Crestor® attorneys for a free review of your case.