Men older than 65 and younger men with heart disease are 2- to 3-times more likely to have a heart attack within 90 days of starting testosterone therapy. For men without hypogonadism or a missing testicle, the risk of a testosterone heart attack may outweigh the benefit of treating “Low T.”
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What is Testosterone Therapy?
Testosterone therapy is the use of patches, injections, or gels (such as AndroGel) to deliver supplemental hormones. Testosterone is a male hormone, called an androgen, that regulates most male sexual characteristics — body hair, sex drive, fertility, mood, and muscle mass. After age 40, testosterone levels naturally drop by 1-2% per year.
Testosterone Therapy and Heart Attacks
In recent years, over 5.3 million men have turned to testosterone therapy to treat symptoms of “Low T” — low energy, sagging muscles, flagging libido — which were previously just normal aspects of aging. Most patients do not have hypogonadism (medical condition in which the testicles produce no hormones), which is what the FDA approved testosterone therapy to treat.
Unfortunately, a number of studies have shown that testosterone therapy can significantly increase the risk of blood clots and heart attacks, especially for older men. Testosterone increases red blood cells, thickens the blood, elevates blood pressure, reduces HDL cholesterol (“good cholesterol”), and increases free-circulating estrogens in the blood.
Testosterone Product Labels Updated With Heart Attack Warnings
March 3, 2015 — In a Safety Communication, the FDA required the manufacturer of testosterone replacement therapy products to update labels 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 testosteorne is not approved or recommended for “Low T” associated with aging. Click here to read more.
Studies of Testosterone Heart Attack Risk
Men over 65 years old who use testosterone therapy are twice as likely to have a heart attack, and men under 65 with pre-existing heart disease are three-times as likely to have a heart attack, according to a study published in the journal PLoS One in January 2014. Conclusions were based on data from 56,000 American men from 2008 to 2010.
These findings are supported by a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in November 2013, in which researchers linked testosterone therapy to a 30% increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death among older men (average age 60 years).
In 2009, a study of testosterone therapy vs. a placebo had to be halted after participants on testosterone developed twice as many adverse events, including a significantly higher number of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events. Results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
What is a Heart Attack?
Heart attack, also known as a “myocardial infarction,” is a life-threatening medical condition that occurs when blood vessels (coronary arteries) that supply oxygenated blood to the heart muscle are obstructed. Obstructions can be caused by blood clots, plaque build-up in arteries, coronary artery spasms, and more.
During a heart attack, the heart muscle loses its blood supply and starts to die. The amount of damage depends on the size of the area that is deprived of blood and the amount of time it takes to restore circulation. Even if one part of the heart is damaged, the rest will still work. However, a damaged heart is weaker, and over time, the heart may not pump as much blood as it used to.
Testosterone heart attack symptoms:
- Chest pain that spreads to neck, arms, back, abdomen
- Chest discomfort or “crushing” feeling
- Nausea, vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- General feeling of anxiety, sickness
- Skin is clammy and sweaty
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