Depo-Testosterone, a popular injection used in testosterone replacement therapy, may increase the risk of heart attack for men over 65 and those with heart disease. Many lawsuits allege that drug-makers are promoting testosterone for fatigue, depression, and sexual dysfunction, but failing to warn about heart attacks.
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What is the problem?
For men with hypogonadism (low testosterone), injections like Depo-Testosterone are a popular treatment. Unfortunately, evidence linking testosterone and heart attacks has sparked concern and an investigation from the FDA. One study found that the risk of heart attack doubles for men over 65 on testosterone. Another study found a 30% increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death in the first 90 days of treatment.
Depo-Testosterone and Heart Attacks
Testosterone is used illicitly as a performance-enhancing drug, which is why it is regulated as a Schedule III controlled substance. The effect athletes seek, erythropoiesis, is an increase in the number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Unfortunately, this can also thicken the blood, elevate blood pressure, and increase the risk of blood clots (especially in the legs). If a blood clot blocks a coronary artery in the heart, it can also cause a heart attack.
FDA Warns About Depo-Testosterone Heart Attack Risk
March 3, 2015 — In a Safety Communication, the FDA required the manufacturer of Depo-Testosterone 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 Depo-Testosterone is not approved or recommended for “Low T” associated with aging. Click here to read more.
Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
Heart attacks can occur when a blood clot blocks the coronary artery, which is a blood vessel that supplies the heart muscle with oxygen-rich blood. Warning signs may be sudden an intense, or mild and uncomfortable. These signs may include:
- Chest pain or discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes, goes away and returns, feels like squeezing, pressure, indigestion, or heartburn. May spread to the neck, jaw, back, or arms.
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea and vomiting
- Anxiety or feeling unwell
How is a Heart Attack Treated?
Once a heart attack is diagnosed, doctors have several techniques to restore blood-flow to the heart. Most patients will be given an intravenous (IV) “clot-busting” drug and a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or coronary angioplasty. This non-surgical procedure uses a long, flexible tube (catheter) to open the blocked artery. Some patients may also receive a mesh tube called a stent to prop open the artery.
Resources & Additional Info
- What is a Heart Attack? — Mayo Clinic
- Warning Signs of a Heart Attack — American Heart Association
- Life After a Heart Attack — National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
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