Delatestryl and other testosterone injections are associated with an increased risk of blood clots in the legs. These blood clots can potentially travel in the bloodstream, get trapped in the lungs, and cause a pulmonary embolism.
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Delatestryl and Pulmonary Embolism
Millions of men are on testosterone replacement therapy. Prescriptions have skyrocketed after drug-makers blasted TV airwaves with ads implying you might have “Low T” if you have fatigue, sexual dysfunction, sagging muscles, depression, and more.
The problem is that Delatestryl is not a “cure-all” for aging — it is a serious medical treatment with a lifetime commitment. In addition, Delatestryl can have life-threatening side effects. One side effect, blood clots in the legs, is also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Blood clots can damage veins in the legs. They can also travel in the body and clog vessels in the lungs (called a “pulmonary embolism”). The combined event is called a venous thromboembolism (VTE).
Overview of Pulmonary Embolisms
Pulmonary embolisms (blood clot in the lungs) occurs when at least one pulmonary artery is blocked, which “starves” lung tissue of the oxygen it needs to survive. In most cases, pulmonary embolisms are caused by blood clots in the legs that travel in the bloodstream.
Pulmonary hypertension (chronic high blood pressure in the lungs) is a life-threatening complication of a pulmonary embolism. Over time, it damages delicate vessels in the lungs. The heart must also work harder to force blood into the lungs, which can damage the heart.
Signs & Symptoms
Call 9-1-1 for any suspected pulmonary embolism — About one-third of untreated, undiagnosed pulmonary embolisms are fatal. The signs and symptoms can vary greatly, but they often include:
- Chest pain: May feel like a heart attack. The pain is often sharp and stabbing, especially when breathing deeply. Pain may radiate to arm, shoulder, neck or jaw.
- Pale, clammy, or blue-gray skin
- Rapid heartbeat (pulse)
- Cough (may contain bloody mucous)
- Excessive sweating
- Feeling light-headed or losing consciousness
Resources & Additional Info
- What is a Pulmonary Embolism? — Cleveland Clinic
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) — 3D Medical Animation on YouTube
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