Millions of men are on testosterone replacement therapy. One of the most popular products is Bio-T-Gel, an underarm liquid that absorbs testosterone through the skin. Unfortunately, recent studies indicate that testosterone could increase your risk of heart attack. Many lawsuits allege that these risks were minimized in advertisements promoting testosterone for “Low T.”
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Bio-T-Gel and Heart Attacks
Blood clots are a well-known side effect of Bio-T-Gel, and all testosterone replacement products. The problem is that testosterone boosts the number of red blood cells, which also increases blood volume, thickness, and pressure. Not surprisingly, this can also potentially increase the risk of a heart attack.
Study Links Testosterone and Increased Risk of Heart Attack
One of the first studies linking testosterone and heart attacks was published in 2010 by the New England Journal of Medicine. The study was halted prematurely after 23 subjects on testosterone had cardiovascular events, compared with 5 in the placebo group.
More recently, two studies have found even more evidence linking testosterone and heart attacks. One study published in PLOS One found that testosterone may double the risk of heart attack for men over 65. Another study published in JAMA found that the risk of heart attack may be 30% higher in the first 90 days of treatment.
Bio-T-Gel Label Updated With Heart Attack Warnings
March 3, 2015 — In a Safety Communication, the FDA required the manufacturer of Bio-T-Gel to update the label to warn about a possible increased risk of heart attack.
The FDA also asked for new clinical trials to assess the long-term heart attack risk of testosterone therapy. Finally, the FDA clarified that Bio-T-Gel is not approved or recommended for “Low T” associated with aging. Click here to read more.
What Happens During a Heart Attack?
During a heart attack (also known as a “myocardial infarction”), the heart muscle is “starved” of oxygen because a blood clot or plaque obstructs the coronary artery (vessel that supplies blood to the heart muscle). Without oxygen, tissues and cells in the heart muscle begin to die.
The long-term complications depend on the size of the area that was deprived of oxygen. In minor cases, the heart can heal and recover, though scar tissue is less effective at pumping. In severe cases, the heart may be too damaged to pump effectively, which may lead to heart failure and death.
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
- Chest pain (may spread to neck, back, or arms)
- Chest discomfort, “crushing” feeling, squeezing, heaviness
- Feeling of indigestion, heartburn, choking
- Nausea, vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
- Shortness of breath
- Changes in heart rhythm
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