A new study ("Association of Testosterone Therapy with Mortality, Myocardial Infarction, and Stroke in Men with Low Testosterone Levels") published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found a disturbing long term side effect associated with testosterone therapy. The study's authors compared two groups of men (those taking testosterone therapy and those who were not) over a three year period. Within this three year time period, the men taking testosterone therapy suffered 29% more strokes, heart attacks and deaths than the men who were not taking testosterone therapy.
The study's authors are emphasizing that this dramatic increase in the risk of heart attack, stroke and death needs to be considered by patients and doctors when deciding whether to continue or start testosterone replacement therapy. The authors further noted that additional long term studies are needed so patients and physicians can fully understand the side effects and risks associated with testosterone therapy.
If you or a loved one have suffered a heart attack, stroke or death after taking testosterone supplements or undergoing testosterone replacement therapy, please call our office for a free consultation.