February 01, 2012 05:11 ET Recognizes American Heart Month With Its Top 10 Heart Lawsuit Topics for 2011

Diabetes Drug, Antidepressants Top the List of Those Alleging Heart Side Effects

SANTA CRUZ, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 1, 2012) - In recognition of American Heart Month,, the premier publication for Online Legal Media, today released its Top 10 list of prescription drug lawsuit topics in which heart attack or heart side effects were the alleged primary injuries.

Based on page views of its readership, Actos, Paxil and Zoloft accounted for the majority of 2011 traffic related to heart side effects, with Actos receiving the most at 25 percent. The Type 2 diabetes drug was released as an alternative to Avandia, which came in as the fourth most popular heart lawsuit topic.

Paxil, a popular antidepressant, has been linked to heart birth defects in infants and garnered 18 percent of traffic last year. Similar issues involve Zoloft, which accounted for 10 percent of the page views related to side effects among readers concerned over the potential for heart birth defects.

The prescription drugs in the list fall into four distinct classes: Actos and Avandia are prescribed for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes; Vytorin helps to control cholesterol; Trasylol is used during surgery to mitigate blood loss; the remaining drugs address depression and anxiety.

Reader interest in Prozac, Lexapro, Effexor, Celexa, Zoloft and Paxil shows continued concern surrounding pregnant women using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) drugs and potential heart birth defects.

The Top 10 Drug Lawsuit Topics for Heart Side Effects in 2011

1. Actos (Pioglitazone HCl)
2. Paxil (Paroxetine)*
3. Zoloft (Sertraline)*
4. Avandia (Rosiglitazone)
5. Celexa (Citalopram)*
6. Effexor (Venlafaxine)*
7. Lexapro (Escitalopram)*
8. Prozac (Fluoxetine)
9. Trasylol (Aprotinin)
10. Vytorin (Ezetimibe/Simvastatin)
*SNRI (serotonin-norephinephrine reuptake inhibitor) or SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) drugs associated with heart birth defects when taken during pregnancy

"Heart health is always an important topic, particularly with our aging population and high obesity rates," said Stephen King, CEO of Online Legal Media. "However, using prescription drugs to ward off heart disease and treat depression sometimes leads to tragic results. recognizes the need for complete, up-to-date information regarding lawsuits related to heart side effects from prescription drug use, and readers can turn to us for the latest legal news on this topic." provides comprehensive legal news and critical information for those affected by once-in-a-lifetime situations involving medical device lawsuits, personal injury, defective products, California overtime and labor issues or a host of others. Readers seeking legal help can request it by completing a form which is distributed to attorneys specializing in these cases. Trial attorneys utilize the site to keep abreast of hot legal issues and settlements as well as connect with potential clients. Web:

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