Testosterone therapy products, including AndroGel, are associated with an increased risk of pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs). Symptoms of a testosterone pulmonary embolism include sharp chest pain, coughing up blood, rapid heart-beat, and more.
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Testosterone and Pulmonary Embolism
Testosterone therapy is approved for hypogonadism, a medical condition in which the testicles produce little or no hormones. Products like AndroGel, a topical gel that comes in 1% and 1.62% concentrations, are ideal for men who have hypogonadism or missing testicles.
However, most men who use AndroGel do not have a medically serious hormonal deficiency — instead, they use testosterone therapy because they believe it will boost energy, sexual performance, strength, and combat normal aspects of aging. The problem is that testosterone therapy can have serious health risks like pulmonary embolism, which outweigh the benefits of treating “Low T” for many patients.
Studies of Testosterone Pulmonary Embolism
Dr. Charles Glueck published a study linking testosterone therapy to an increased risk of pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs) in a study published in October 2011 in Translational Research. Blood clots occurred in as little as one month on testosterone therapy and, on average, within six months.
Dr. Glueck and his associates reported multiple cases of pulmonary embolism after men started testosterone therapy. All of the men had previously undiagnosed risk-factors for blood clots, such as the Factor V Leiden mutation and high Factor VIII, each of which are present in about 5% of men. These genetic mutations cause the body to chemically convert a small amount of testosterone into the female hormone estrogen, which significantly increases the risk of blood clots and pulmonary embolism.
What is a Pulmonary Embolism?
Pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot blocks a major artery in the lungs. It is usually caused by blood clots that form in the legs, in a condition known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Pulmonary embolism is a serious, life-threatening medical emergency that can cause low levels of oxygen in the bloodstream, brain damage, and multiple organ-system failure. If untreated, 30% of cases are fatal.
Signs & symptoms of a pulmonary embolism:
- Blood clots
- Chest pain (sudden, sharp pain that gets worse with deep breathing)
- Shortness of breath or rapid breathing
- Coughing (may be bloody)
- Bluish skin discoloration
- Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
- Swelling of the leg
- Leg pain
- Increased warmth or redness in the leg
- Low blood pressure
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