The journal PLOS ONE published a study this week that links testosterone therapy in men over 65 to a doubled increased risk of heart attacks. Therapy with testosterone raises heart attack risk, triples the risk of cardio events for men under 65 with pre-existing heart disease, according to the study, which is consistent with previous studies which have shown that testosterone raises risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Researchers warned this increased risk is comparable to having dangerously high cholesterol or smoking two or three packs of cigarettes per day.
Testosterone can cause blood clotting, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Previous Testosterone Studies concur
The study confirms previous research which linked testosterone therapy and heart attacks. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in Nov. 2013 published a study which showed the rate of cardiovascular events was 25.7% for patients on testosterone therapy versus 19.9% for non-testosterone-treated patients.
In 2010 the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found twice as many adverse events in men taking testosterone therapy versus those on placebo. Cardiovascular events occurred in 22% of men on testosterone versus 5% of those n placebo.
Testosterone therapy prescriptions have meanwhile reached an all-time high, increasing five-fold from 2000 to 2011 – to 5.3 million. Hormones for the therapy are delivered through gels, patches, injections.
Testosterone therapy is being aggressive advertised. Men across the U.S. are urged to seek treatment for not only symptoms of “low T,” but also low energy, sagging muscles, decreased libido, mood changes, emotional issues, etc. These products are used by nearly 4% of men in their 60s, but only about half of those men actually have hypogonadism, a diminished functional activity of the gonads. Nearly 25% of patients never even had their testosterone levels checked before beginning the therapy.
Testosterone Therapy Lawsuit
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