Studies have linked Beyaz birth control pills to a three-fold increased risk of blood clots, which occasionally cause a deadly heart attack. When a Beyaz heart attack occurs, a blood clot gets stuck in a coronary artery and stops the supply of blood to the heart muscle. If circulation is not restored, a Beyaz heart attack may cause severe organ damage, organ failure, irreversible disability, or death.
Beyaz birth control pills, invented by Bayer, are basically Yaz plus a folate vitamin. The “active” Beyaz pills contain a combination of two synthetic hormones — 0.02-mg ethinyl estradiol (estrogen) and 3-mg drospirenone (progestin). Beyaz also contains 0.451-mg levomefolate calcium, which is a metabolite of folic acid.
Beyaz is intended to be taken once-daily, at the same time every day. The “inactive” pills help a woman stay in this habit. Beyaz is about 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when women take it exactly as directed. However, experts know that many women do not take Beyaz every day, or at the same time every day. When it is not taken consistently, around 9 women per 100 will get pregnant.
Beyaz contains folate to reduce the risk of neural tube defects (spina bifida, anencephaly, and more) in babies born to women who accidentally get pregnant while taking Beyaz. Researchers know that many of these birth defects are preventable when a mother has an adequate amount of folate in her system. However, she must have normal folate levels before the pregnancy begins.
Beyaz and Heart Attacks
A Beyaz heart attack can cause severe injury, disability, or death. Though rare, it is a known side effect of this medication. A heart attack occurs when cardiac tissue is damaged or destroyed because a blood clot blocks the supply of oxygenated blood. Like all muscles, the heart muscle requires a supply of oxygenated blood to function. Damage to cardiac tissue is permanent. It becomes more and more severe the longer it takes to restore circulation.
Beyaz contains drospirenone, an ingredient that has been linked to a three-fold increased risk of blood clots. These blood clots are known to occasionally cause heart attacks. There are many risk factors which increase a woman’s chance of developing a blood clot, including age (being over 35), smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Even women with no associated risk factors have suffered heart attacks while taking drospirenone — and some have died.
When a heart attack causes severe damage to the heart muscle, this can cause heart failure. This occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood to the body. Other organ systems become starved of oxygen. This can cause multiple organ system failure, disability, and death.
Signs & Symptoms of a Beyaz Heart Attack
Despite the fact that a Beyaz heart attack can be deadly, it often has mild early symptoms. Many people do not recognize these early symptoms, or they think they can “tough it out,” which is why people often delay seeking treatment for a heart attack. Early treatment is essential for the best prognosis for a heart attack. Delaying treatment increases the risk that a heart attack will cause severe heart damage, disability, or death.
Because all progestin-containing birth control pills increase a woman’s risk of a heart attack, it is a good idea to be familiar with these early symptoms of a heart attack:
- Chest pain or discomfort: This initial symptom may be more uncomfortable than painful. It is sometimes described as tightness, squeezing, pressure, fullness, or aching. It typically lasts for several minutes. Sometimes, the pain comes and goes. Other times, the pain is very sudden and severe.
- Pain in the upper body or stomach: Chest pain may radiate to the shoulders, arms, upper chest, back, jaw, or teeth. The person may also have stomach pain. Sometimes, people mistake the early symptoms of a heart attack for heartburn or indigestion.
- Anxiety: Nervousness, feeling of impending doom, sensing that something is seriously wrong.
- Changes in consciousness: Feeling dizzy, light-headed, weak, or faint.
- Sweating profusely: Sweating may occur suddenly, for no apparent reason. The skin may also be clammy and cool.
- Respiratory distress: Breathing very quickly, taking deep breaths, or gasping for air. This may or may not precede chest pain.
- Nausea, vomiting: The person often looks and feels very ill.