New studies show that testosterone therapy can increase blood pressure red blood cells, and thicken the blood, which significantly increases the risk of blood clots. Unfortunately, testosterone blood clots can lead to deadly complications like heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and more.
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What is Testosterone Therapy?
Testosterone therapy is advertised as a way to improve a man’s sex life and fight the natural side effects of aging. It is a booming industry driven by direct-to-consumer advertisements encouraging men to seek treatment for “Low T” if they have low energy, decreased sex drive, or other common symptoms of aging. In recent years, sales of testosterone injections, patches, and gels have increased five-fold, with more than 5.3 million prescriptions in 2011 and sales of $1.9 billion in 2012.
Studies of Testosterone Blood Clots
In August 2013, the journal Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis published a study of testosterone blood clots in nearly 600 men who were hospitalized with Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clots in the legs) or Pulmonary Embolism (blood clots in the lungs) in the last three years.
According to the author of the study, Dr. Charles Glueck:
“Our research found that 1.2% of men who landed in the hospital with dangerous and potentially lethal blood clots in the deep veins of the legs or in the lungs developed these clots within three months of starting testosterone therapy.”
During the study, one patient suffered loss of vision in one eye because a blood clot blocked blood-flow to the retina. Another suffered osteonecrosis of the hip, in which the hip bone is destroyed because of a lack of blood-flow.
How Does Testosterone Cause Blood Clots?
Testosterone therapy is associated with many physiological changes that predispose blood clotting and thrombotic events. These changes include:
- Increased blood pressure
- Reductions in HDL cholesterol (“good” cholesterol)
- Increase red blood cells (polycythemia)
- Hyperviscosity (thickening) of the blood
- Platelet aggregation
It may seem counter-intuitive, but testosterone therapy also increases circulating estrogens in the bloodstream. This is concerning, because during the 1990s, women were encouraged to take supplemental estrogen therapy after menopause to prevent heart disease. Instead, studies showed that estrogen actually increased the risk of blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, and breast cancer.
Blood Clot Complications
Testosterone therapy is associated with an increased risk of blood clots, which tend to form deep inside the lower leg in a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Over time, DVT blood clots can grow extremely large and cause severe circulation problems. Tiny pieces of the clot can also break loose, travel in the bloodstream, and cause a pulmonary embolism. Arterial blood clots are associated with heart attacks, stroke, organ damage, and other serious side effects.
Testosterone blood clot complications:
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Heart failure
- Kidney damage
- Post-thrombotic syndrome
- Brain damage
- Amputation of the leg
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