If you watch television or listen to the radio, you've probably heard a commercial for testosterone therapy. Researchers report a huge increase in testosterone prescriptions worldwide. "There's a big push for men to be on testosterone supplements," said Dr. Harry Balian, a Glendale Adventist Medical Center cardiologist.
However, in a Journal of the American Medical Association report, men who received testosterone therapy had a higher risk of death, heart attack and stroke compared to men who did not start the therapy. "Increasing testosterone levels in your body may in one sense improve your bone health and muscle health, but it can also trigger more of an inflammatory process inside your arteries, which can cause heart attacks and strokes," said Balian.
Dr. Balian say this study can help physicians discuss testosterone replacement with their patients, and those with a history of cardiovascular problems may want to stay away from these supplements. "Talk to you doctor, you want to be very careful because men that have history of heart disease, they have already plaque and inflammation in their arteries," said Balian. And if you don't have heart disease, experts say you want to make sure the benefits of testosterone outweigh the risks.
If you or a loved one have suffered a heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or blood clot after taking a testosterone replacement therapy, like Androgel, Androderm, Cypionate injections, Depotestosterone or Axiron, please call our office at (888) 606-5297 for a free consultation.