NuvaRing & Strokes

nuvaring lawsuitNuvaRing is a non-oral contraceptive device that is used by millions of women as an alternative to birth control pills. While NuvaRing and other forms of birth control have been used by many people for years without any problems, there are thousands of women who have reported adverse effects and health conditions from the birth control device. Many of these women have already filed lawsuits against the manufacturers for conditions such as NuvaRing stroke. NuvaRing users have also been recorded as having experienced other health conditions such as blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and pulmonary embolism (PE).

Types of NuvaRing Stroke

A NuvaRing stroke is the result when blood flow or oxygen to the brain is reduced or interrupted. If this occurs then brain cells start dying. A NuvaRing stroke is likely to occur if a blood vessel or artery is either blocked or ruptured. A NuvaRing Stroke that occurs from a bursting blood vessel is called a hemorrhagic stroke, or hemorrhage. There are other factors that may contribute to a hemorrhagic NuvaRing stroke such as high blood pressure and cerebral aneurysms. An aneurysm is a thin or weakened spot of a blood vessel wall which is liable for the incidence of a hemorrhagic NuvaRing stroke.

In other instances, the vein or artery becomes narrowed or clogged and reduces or blocks blood flow to the brain. When this is the case, the NuvaRing stroke is called an ischemic stroke. Ischemic strokes are the most common of the different types. About 80% of all strokes are ischemic in origin. The process of an artery’s blood flow being blocked is called ischemia. There are two types of ischemic NuvaRing strokes that can occur.

Types of NuvaRing stroke include:

  • Thrombotic NuvaRing stroke – a type of blood clot related NuvaRing stroke where blood flow is impaired from a blockage to one or more arteries that supplies blood to the brain. The process of developing this type of blood clot is called thrombosis. A blood clot that forms on a blood vessel deposit is called a thrombus.
  •  Embolic NuvaRing stroke – a NuvaRing stroke where a blood clot is formed in the body and moves through the bloodstream into the brain. The blood clot is lodged in a small blood vessel where blood flow is blocked of the blood vessel bursts. This type of blood clot is called an embolus.

Risk Factors for NuvaRing Stroke

NuvaRing stroke is more likely to occur in people with a heightened risk for stroke or blood clot. The use of hormonal contraceptives is one of the factors contributing to a woman having a stroke or blood clot. Other contributing factors include smoking and pre-existing conditions such as a hypertension, atherosclerosis, or other blood problems. The development of blood clots, or thrombosis, can also result from other health conditions like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or cancer.

Lifestyle Impact from NuvaRing Stroke

A NuvaRing stroke is when brain cells die as a result of oxygen deprivation. When brain cells become deprived of oxygen, brain damage occurs. A loss of functioning and ability will occur after brain cells of a particular part of the brain are damaged. A NuvaRing stroke can impact speech, movement, and memory. The brain damage that can result from a NuvaRing stroke can be very debilitating. The specific effects from the brain damage will depend on what areas of the brain were affected and the severity of damage.

Since the effects of NuvaRing stroke can be very extensive, many patients have needed to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the NuvaRing. In many cases, it has been noted that Merck & Co., the NuvaRing’s manufacturers knew of the various health risks, such as NuvaRing stoke, and withheld the information from doctors and NuvaRing users in order to help increase profits.

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