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Bio-T-Gel and Pulmonary Embolism
Bio-T-Gel increases the risk of blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) by thickening the blood, elevating blood pressure, and increasing the number of red blood cells. Symptoms of DVT — pain, swelling, and redness in the legs — should be evaluated by a doctor because they are a warning sign for pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs).
Testosterone and Risk-Factors for Pulmonary Embolism
Testosterone is well-known to increase the risk of blood clots in the legs. If these blood clots break loose, they can travel to the lungs, obstruct pulmonary arteries, and cause a pulmonary embolism.
In January 2014, Dr. Charles Glueck and colleagues published a study of testosterone, blood clots, and pulmonary embolism. The study included 14 previously-healthy people (13 men and one woman) who used testosterone for a median of 11 months and developed blood clots in their legs (deep vein thrombosis) and pulmonary embolism. Of the 14 patients, many had genetic risk-factors that predisposed blood-clotting. Dr. Glueck recommended that patients should be tested for thrombophilia before starting testosterone replacement therapy.
What is a Pulmonary Embolism?
Pulmonary embolism is like a heart attack in the lungs. It occurs when something (usually a blood clot) obstructs pulmonary arteries, which normally supply lung tissue with oxygen-rich blood. Without oxygen, lung tissue begins to die. If the obstruction is very large, the heart may also be severely damaged.
Pulmonary embolisms may feel like a heart attack. Symptoms usually appear suddenly, and may include:
- Chest pain, tightness, or discomfort
- Stabbing chest pain that gets worse when breathing deeply, coughing, bending over, etc.
- Coughing (sputum may contain blood)
- Blue-gray discoloration of skin, lips, nailbeds (cyanosis)
- Changes in heart rhythm (rapid or irregular)
- Loss of consciousness
- Sudden death
Treatment & Diagnosis
Without prompt diagnosis and treatment, pulmonary embolisms are fatal in at least 33% of cases. Therefore, call 911 for any suspected pulmonary embolism and seek emergency medical attention. Once diagnosed, standard treatment involves intravenous (IV) blood-thinning medications.
If this does not work, surgery or catheter techniques may be used to remove the clot. For people who cannot take blood-thinning drugs, a filter may be implanted in the inferior vena cava to prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs.
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