CBS New reported that a new study has linked the use of testosterone therapy with a 30% increase in the risk for heart attack, stroke and death. CBS News contributor, Dr. David Agus, told CBS This Morning that the study compared men with low testosterone who were receiving testosterone therapy with those who were not. "In a non-randomized fashion, looking at their computer data, what it showed is dramatic risk - 30 percent higher - heart disease, stroke and death," said Dr. Agus. "So, obviously a major issue."
According to Dr. Agus, just last year in the United States, more than 400 million prescriptions were written for testosterone therapy and more than $2 billion was spent on the drug. "We certainly now have to take a pause and say, 'Listen, we need long-term data before we tell a 40-year-old with low T to go on this medicine,'" he said. Dr. Agus advised that patients and doctors alike needed to re-weigh the risks and benefits of the drug in light of the 30% increase in the risks of heart attack, death and stroke.
If you or a loved one had a heart attack or stroke or if a loved one died after taking testosterone therapy to treat low testosterone, please call our office for a free consultation.