Invokana Heart Attack: What You Need to Know

Invokana heart attack

How Invokana May Cause a Heart Attack

Invokana heart attacks happen after a chain reaction causes your blood to clot. Invokana is an SGLT2 inhibitor, which means that it stops your kidneys from absorbing sugar. The extra glucose gets pushed out of the body through the urine, making your diabetes easier to handle—at least theoretically.

Too Much Glucose

Invokana helps people with type II diabetes to not absorb so much sugar. “SGLT2” stands for “sodium glucose co-transporter,” and the 2 represents the particular transporter involved in glucose reabsorption in the kidney. It’s an easy solution to a difficult problem for many people with type II diabetes. But after the fanfare is over and patients have been taking Invokana regularly, one particular problem appears again and again:

There’s still too much glucose.

Stopping the glucose from being absorbed into the kidneys does not make the glucose dissipate. It has to go somewhere, and the body pushes it out through the urine. That works very well until there’s too much glucose in the urine.

Urine Draws Nutrients from the Blood

Every person who has ever sucked on a lollipop knows the feeling when the lips or the inner cheek puckers from too much sugar. You have to lick your lips or massage the spot inside your mouth to get the sugar to dissolve and stop drawing in the skin. That’s exactly what sugar is doing to the bladder. But the bladder does not have saliva glands to add more moisture to the sugar to get it to loosen up. Another memory from most people’s childhood is putting too much sugar in a cup. It doesn’t dissolve well if there’s not enough water, and the mixture becomes like sludge.

The bladder has to pull nutrients and liquid from the blood in order to dissolve the extra glucose sitting in the blood.

The Blood Reacts to Lost Nutrients

When the bladder pulls nutrients and liquid out of the blood to accommodate the extra glucose, two things happen to the blood: your body produces extra ketones, which are an acid that flows in your blood, and your blood now has less plasma.

Your blood needs the liquid that your bladder has pulled out of it. That liquid is called plasma, and there needs to be a balance of red blood cells and plasma for everything to flow smoothly. Going back to childhood memories, the lazy river at the water park is like your body’s vascular system. People floating in their inner tubes are blood platelets (and white blood cells and many other things in the blood) and the water is the plasma that keeps everything flowing. If the park were to divert the water from the lazy river to the bathrooms, then people in their inner tubes start to scrape against the walls more, they start dragging on the bottom of the pool, and they become clogged.

Add to that mix extra ketones, or acids. The acids make the red blood cells more sticky and your blood becomes somewhat toxic, so it’s delivering less oxygen and nutrients and more acid to your kidney and other parts of your body.

When your red blood cells stick together, that’s called a blood clot. And a blood clot can cause a heart attack or stroke.

How to Respond to Invokana Heart Attacks

The manufacturer did not provide information to doctors or consumers that taking Invokana could cause a heart attack or other life-threatening side effects. If you or your loved one suffered a heart attack while taking Invokana, you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills as well as pain and suffering. Learn more about how making an Invokana injury claim could help you. Then get a free, two-minute evaluation today to see if you may qualify for a no-obligation consultation with an attorney.