Lawyer Warns of Medical Evidence Showing Increased Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death due to Antipsychotic Medication Use

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Harlingen Attorney Ricardo A. Barrera's recent blog article cites medical evidence that sudden cardiac death (SCD) can be linked to use of antipsychotic medication

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These drugs apparently raise the risk of sudden cardiac arrest by three times, This is unacceptable.

Today, Harlingen Attorney Ricardo A. Barrera posted an article on his popular website blog about the alleged connection between sudden cardiac death (SCD) and prescribed antipsychotic medication such as Zyprexa, Haldol, Risperdal and others.

"These drugs apparently raise the risk of sudden cardiac arrest by three times," comments Mr. Barrera. "This is unacceptable."

Citing Dr. Audrey Uy-Evanado who reported at the annual meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society in Denver (Clinical Psychiatric News, May 24th, 2013), Barrera wrote that these medications have a three-time increased risk factor for SCD over those who are not on such medications. Dr. Uy-Evanado, with of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, based her remarks on the ongoing Oregon Sudden Unexplained Death Study. Clinical Psychiatric News reported "In a multivariate logistic regression analysis adjusted for age, gender, and comorbidities, having schizophrenia was not associated with an increased risk of SCD. However, patients on a first-generation antipsychotic agent had a 3.76-fold increased risk of SCD (P = .0002), and those on a second-generation antipsychotic drug had a 3.3-fold increased risk."

Barrera suggests that families who have lost members to SCD who were also on antipsychotics, to consider contacting an attorney to discuss the merits of a legal case.

Ricardo A. Barrera is a South Texas attorney that currently practices law in the Rio Grande Valley. Mr. Barrera graduated with honors from Texas A&M University-Kingsville where he was also elected student body president. Mr. Barrera went on to graduate from Texas Tech University School of Law where he won a national championship on moot court. Mr. Barrera has been commended by both the Texas House of Representatives and his U.S. Congressman for working above and beyond to help others in defending their rights.

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