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Hospital Warns Testosterone Therapy Increases Cardiovascular Risks

Posted on Nov 18, 2013

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital reports that men who take testosterone to boost low levels of the hormone may be putting their heart health at risk, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The research found that older men who took testosterone after being tested for signs of coronary artery disease (CAD) were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke or to die of any cause over the next three years compared to men not taking the hormone. The 29 percent increase in risk was the same whether the men did or did not have CAD. “These findings raise concerns about the potential safety of testosterone therapy,” the authors wrote.

And, although the study involved men with a history of health problems, an editorial accompanying the study suggested that all men should be wary of jumping on the “low T” bandwagon. The evidence “is mounting” that testosterone therapy raises the risk for CAD, Anne R. Cappola, MD, of the Perelman School of Medicine, wrote in the editorial.

If you or a loved one have suffered a heart attack or stroke after undergoing testosterone replacement therapy, please contact our firm for a free consultation.

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