Fortesta (testosterone gel) is supposed to help relieve symptoms of “Low T,” like fatigue, depressed mood, sexual dysfunction, sagging muscles, and more. Instead, recent studies have found that men over 65 on testosterone are twice as likely to have a heart attack. For men with heart disease, the risk may be even higher.
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Fortesta and Heart Attack
Fortesta is a popular prescription testosterone medication for men with hypogonadism. Unfortunately, the benefits of treating “Low T” must be weighed with potential risks — Fortesta can elevate the risk of blood clots, thicken the blood, and boost blood pressure. All of these side effects are also risk-factors for heart attack.
FDA Investigates Testosterone Heart Attack Risk
In January 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Drug Safety Communication and began investigating data from two concerning studies. In both studies, most patients were over 60 years old, and many had heart problems.
One study linked testosterone to a doubled risk of heart attack for men over 65, and a tripled risk for younger men with heart disease. The other study found a 30% increased risk of heart attack in the first 90 days of testosterone therapy.
FDA Requires Warnings About Fortesta and Heart Attacks
March 3, 2015 — In a Safety Communication, the FDA required the manufacturer of Fortesta 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 Fortesta is not approved or recommended for “Low T” associated with aging. Click here to read more.
Patients using Fortesta should seek medical attention immediately if they develop symptoms of a heart attack, such as:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Weakness in one part or one side of the body
- Slurred speech
What Happens During a Heart Attack?
Heart attacks occur when blood stops flowing to part of the heart muscle. The heart muscle works 24 hours a day, and it needs a steady supply of oxygen-rich blood to function. Coronary arteries supply blood and oxygen to different parts of the heart muscle. If these arteries are blocked by a blood clot, the heart muscle is “starved” of oxygen and it begins to die.
- Chest pain
- Upper-body discomfort
- Shortness of breath or rapid breathing
- Excessive sweating
- Nausea, vomiting
- Paleness or blue-gray discoloration of skin
- Anxiety or feeling of impending doom
Every year, thousands of people survive heart attacks with no lasting complications. The heart muscle can heal itself from mild injuries within a few months. Unfortunately, scar tissue is less effective at pumping, which weakens the heart. If the heart is too weak, congestive heart failure and life-threatening arrhythmias may occur. The heart may also flutter ineffectively (atrial fibrillation), which increases the risk of blood clots, stroke, and another heart attack.
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