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The Ugly Side of Testosterone: Heart Attacks, Stroke and Death

Posted on Nov 21, 2013

The Afternoon Dispatch & Courier reports that a recent study conducted by the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System in Denver, Colorado concluded that ment taking testosterone replacement drugs, like AndroGel, Androderm, Fortesta, Testim or Axiron, are at an increased risk of suffering heart attacks, strokes and death.

The research, which was published in the Journal of American Medical Association, was conducted on 8,700 men in their 60s who had low testosterone. Soon after the initial test, one in seven men from the group started using testosterone for their condition. The study found that 20% of men who did not take testosterone had a heart attack or stroke, compared to a higher 26% incidence of heart disease in those who did. Researchers then took into account the men’s initial artery blockages to conclude that using testosterone was tied to a 29% increased risk of suffering from a stroke, heart attack or death.

This means that further studies need to be conducted about the effects of testosterone on your heart health. In their paper, the researchers stated that the men who started using testosterone initially, had fewer health problems than those who didn’t. The researchers also warn against opting for testosterone treatments without consulting a doctor (a study has shown that the population of middle-aged men in the US getting the treatment has tripled in the last the decade — and not all of these men took tests to see if they really needed it). So what this study tells us is that you should be cautious about testosterone therapy and discuss all the risks with your doctor before opting for it.

Dr. P. Michael Ho, who worked on the study, said as much when he commented, “It does kind of raise the question of, maybe when patients and their physicians are thinking about starting testosterone therapy, potential risks such as the ones we looked at should be in that discussion.”

If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack or stroke after taking AndroGel, Androderm, Axiron, Fortesta, Testim, or another testosterone replacement drug, please call our office at (888) 606-5297 for a free consultation.

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