GoldenbergLaw is currently investigating Tasigna-related atherosclerosis. Novartis, the manufacturer, warned Canadian consumers about this risk in 2013 but has yet to issue a warning to consumers in the United States. Atherosclerosis is a serious circulatory condition that can lead to amputation, stroke, other serious diseases, and even death.
What Is Atherosclerosis?
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries. This can cause hardening and narrowing of the arteries, thus limiting the flow of oxygen-rich blood around the body.
Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances. The plaque causes the wall of the blood vessel to thicken and limits the amount of blood that can flow through the vessel to the rest of the body. Plaque buildup can also increase the chances of blood clots. A blood clot can partially or completely block blood flow. Depending on which arteries are affected, blood flow can be cut off from limbs or organs.
Diseases Caused by Atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis can lead to other devastating diseases.
Coronary Heart Disease
If the plaque buildup happens in the coronary artery, the artery that supplies blood to the heart, then oxygen-rich blood to the heart will be limited. An individual may experience angina (heart pain and discomfort) or a heart attack if they are not receiving enough blood to the heart muscle.
Carotid Artery Disease
If the plaque buildup occurs within the carotid arteries, or the arteries located on the sides of the neck, then blood flow to the brain can be reduced. This can lead to dizziness, trouble speaking, severe headaches, and strokes.
Peripheral Artery Disease
When plaque builds up in the major arteries that supply blood to the legs, arms, and pelvis, it is called peripheral artery disease. If blood supply is limited to these limbs, an individual may need an amputation.
Chronic Kidney Disease
Plaque can also build up within the renal arteries. Renal arteries supply blood to the kidneys. If the kidneys do not have enough blood, they will not function properly. The kidneys are responsible for removing waste and excess water from the body.
Contact Our Tasigna Atherosclerosis Attorneys
Atherosclerosis is a debilitating illness and can lead to even more serious diseases and conditions. If you or a loved one experienced atherosclerosis after taking Tasigna, please contact us immediately. It isn’t right that Novartis failed to inform you and your doctor of the risk of this serious circulatory condition. Speak with one of our Tasigna atherosclerosis lawyers today.
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