Low testosterone is an unpleasant medical condition that can cause low energy, sexual dysfunction, and fatigue. In recent years, millions of men have tried testosterone replacement products, such as Testopel. Unfortunately, recent studies have raised alarm about life-threatening side effects like heart attacks.
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Testopel and Heart Attacks
Testopel (testosterone pellets) may increase your risk of having a heart attack. In January 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced they were investigating two studies linking testosterone therapy and heart attacks. One study found a doubled risk of heart attack for men over 65 on testosterone, and a tripled risk of heart attack for men with heart disease on testosterone. The other study found a 30% increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death in the first 90 days of testosterone treatment.
How Could Testopel Increase the Risk of Heart Attack?
Testosterone is a powerful male hormone (androgen) that is used illicitly by athletes to “pump up” the number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells in their bloodstream. This thickens the blood, which forces the heart to elevate blood pressure. Testosterone can also increase circulating estrogens, and estrogen therapy is a known risk-factor for heart disease in men and women. These side effects can all potentially lead to a heart attack, especially for older men and people with narrow arteries.
FDA Requires Warnings About Testopel Heart Attack Risk
March 3, 2015 — In a Safety Communication, the FDA required the manufacturer of Testopel 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 Testopel is not approved or recommended for “Low T” associated with aging. Click here to read more.
Patients using Testopel 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 Causes a Heart Attack?
A heart attack occurs when the blood-flow that carries oxygen to the heart is blocked. Normally, the coronary arteries supply different parts of the heart muscle with oxygen-rich blood. When these arteries are blocked with a blood clot or a fatty plaque, parts of the heart do not receive oxygen. Within a few minutes, tissues begin to die.
Symptoms of a heart attack vary from person to person. The may be very mild — especially for elderly people and those with diabetes. Not all heart attacks are sudden and severe, like in the movies.
Heart attack symptoms may include:
- Chest pain, pressure, tightness, squeezing or discomfort. Usually in the center of the chest. May radiate to the back, neck, shoulders, arms, or jaw.
- Upper-body discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweat
- Weakness or fatigue
- Changes in mental status (especially elderly people)
What Should I Do?
A heart attack is a medical emergency. However, the average person waits 3 hours before seeking medical attention when they are having a heart attack. Many people do not survive long enough to receive treatment. If you think you or someone else is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you find a person who is unconscious and unresponsive, perform CPR for 1 minute and then call 9-1-1. Once an ambulance arrives, paramedics can begin treatment on the way to the hospital:
- Supplemental oxygen
- Aspirin (blood-thinning medication that can prevent more blood clots)
- Heart medications (nitroglycerin)
- Pain-relieving medications
- Defibrillator (can re-start heart if it stops beating)
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