Crestor® and Heart Failure

AstraZeneca has been confronted with the possibility that its cholesterol drug Crestor® (rosuvastatin) is linked to serious, life-threatening side effects. It is no secret that the drug increases the risk of a dangerous and life-threatening muscle disease called rhabdomyolysis which can lead to kidney damage.

New data is now suggesting a possible link between Crestor® and worsened heart failure. Additional studies will need to be done to determine a direct link between Crestor® and heart problems.

However, here are the facts:

Crestor Heart Failure LawyerCrestor® and other drugs in its class, called statin drugs, are known to deplete the body’s coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) levels. Coenzyme Q10 enables the heart muscle to pump blood more efficiently. Because the heart functions without resting, it needs a high level of energetic support. When a person’s coenzyme Q10 levels are low, the energetic capacity of the heart could be impaired.

So, according to some researchers, the decrease in coenzyme Q10, caused by Crestor® might lead to worsened heart failure and other heart problems, including cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle. More research is still needed.

Heart Failure Symptoms and Information

Heart failure can be chronic, which is ongoing, or acute, meaning it came on suddenly. In both cases, the symptoms are similar, but in cases of acute heart failure, the symptoms will come on suddenly and might be more severe. Symptoms of heart failure can include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue and general weakness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Inability to exercise
  • Swelling of the stomach
  • Sudden fluid buildup
  • Coughing up pink, foamy mucous
  • Chest pain

Heart failure is a chronic disease that can be manageable with the right treatment. In some cases, the heart can even become stronger over time. Although every patient is different, most heart failure patients will be treated with medications and devices to help the heart beat properly.

Treatment for heart failure might include medications like Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), digoxin (Lanoxin), diuretics, beta blockers, and aldosterone antagonists.

If you or a loved one experienced worsened heart failure or another heart problem while taking Crestor®, you should consider speaking with an attorney about your rights. Our Crestor® lawyers are available to investigate lawsuits on behalf of people that believe they’ve been injured by the cholesterol drug. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation.