Two recent studies have found that older men who use testosterone treatments like Striant could be more likely to have a heart attack. If you were not aware of this risk when you took Striant, you are not alone.
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Striant and Heart Attack
One side effect of Striant is an increase in the number of red blood cells. This can thicken the blood and elevate blood pressure, which forces the heart to work harder. These risk-factors may also increase your chances of having a heart attack.
FDA Investigates Heart Attack Risk of Testosterone
Two studies linking testosterone and heart attack were cited in a Drug Safety Communication published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2014. Both of the studies mostly involved older men (age 60+), and many had heart disease. One study found that men on testosterone were 30% more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or death. The other study found that men over 65 years old were twice as likely to have a heart attack on testosterone.
FDA Requires Warnings About Striant Heart Attack Risk
March 3, 2015 — In a Safety Communication, the FDA required the manufacturer of Striant 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 Striant is not approved or recommended for “Low T” associated with aging. Click here to read more.
Patients using Striant 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
Heart Attack Information
A heart attack happens when the heart muscle dies not receive oxygen-rich blood due to a sudden blockage of a coronary artery. If blood-flow is not restored in a few minutes, part of the heart muscle begins to die. A damaged heart is less effective at pumping blood, which can cause sudden death or long-term complications like congestive heart failure.
Many heart attacks do not cause sudden, severe symptoms like you see in the movies. Heart attacks can be subtle — some people have no symptoms (especially people with diabetes). The Mayo Clinic has provided a list of heart attack symptoms:
- Chest pain, tightness, squeezing, crushing feeling
- Shortness of breath or rapid breathing
- Abdominal pain (feels like indigestion or heartburn)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Neck, jaw, shoulder, or upper-back pain
- Skin is pale, clammy, and sweaty
- Light-headedness or dizziness
- Anxiety or feeling like something is wrong
What Should I Do?
Call 9-1-1 for an ambulance within 5 minutes if you suspect you or someone else is having a heart attack — do not wait. Paramedics in an ambulance can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the hospital. They usually carry supplemental oxygen, aspirin, heart medications, painkillers, and defibrillators. Treatment is most effective when it is given as early as possible.
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