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Review: could Metformin cause Heart attack?

Summary: Heart attack could be caused by Metformin, especially for people who are male, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 2 - 5 years, also take Metformin hcl, and have Diabetes mellitus.

We study 97,041 people who have side effects while taking Metformin from FDA and social media. Among them, 3,322 have Heart attack. Find out below who they are, when they have Heart attack and more.

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Metformin

Metformin (latest outcomes from 100,539 users) has active ingredients of metformin hydrochloride. It is often used in diabetes.

Heart attack

Heart attack (latest reports from 629,443 patients) has been reported by people with diabetes, arthritis, pain, acupuncture and pain, high blood pressure.

On Apr, 7, 2014: 97,138 people reported to have side effects when taking Metformin. Among them, 3,322 people (3.42%) have Heart Attack. They amount to 0.53% of all the 628,891 people who have Heart Attack on eHealthMe.

Trend of Heart attack in Metformin reports

Time on Metformin when people have Heart attack * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Heart attack2.27%11.36%6.82%22.27%32.27%19.09%5.91%

Gender of people who have Heart attack when taking Metformin * :

FemaleMale
Heart attack38.01%61.99%

Age of people who have Heart attack when taking Metformin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Heart attack0.00%0.00%0.03%0.36%2.95%14.59%31.76%50.31%

Severity of Heart attack when taking Metformin ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Heart attack ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Diabetes mellitus (895 people, 26.94%)
  2. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (403 people, 12.13%)
  3. Hypertension (186 people, 5.60%)
  4. Pain (64 people, 1.93%)
  5. Depression (62 people, 1.87%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Metformin hcl (2,149 people, 64.69%)
  2. Avandia (1,703 people, 51.26%)
  3. Aspirin (780 people, 23.48%)
  4. Lisinopril (654 people, 19.69%)
  5. Lipitor (579 people, 17.43%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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