A recent study has determined that testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) products like Androderm can cause heart attacks in middle-age and elderly males. Men with symptoms of pre-existing heart complications were 30% more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke, or die compared to healthy men who didn’t undergo TRT, according to the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Symptoms of an Androderm heart attack include arm weakness, shortness of breath, and discomfort in the upper body.
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Testosterone Supplements May Increase Heart Attack Risk: Study
Testosterone replacement therapy – widely advertised as a way for men to improve their sex drive and reclaim their youthful vigor – may raise the risk of heart attack, according to the results of a new study. This increased risk was identified in men under the age of 65 with a pre-existing history of heart disease, and in older males, even if they didn’t have a history of heart problems. In both groups, the heart attack risk doubled in the three months after beginning treatment with TRT products like Androderm, said researcher William Finkle, CEO of LA-based Consolidated Research. “It was more or less the same increase in risk,” Finkle said.
The study, which was published January 29, 2014 in the medical journal PLOS ONE, was performed by a team that included experts from Consolidated Research, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The research was triggered by a 2010 report in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) which was halted prematurely after an increase in heart attacks and other heart problems occurred in a group of older men undergoing testosterone replacement therapy.
The research team looked at data from Truven Health Analytics, which gathers information on patient care across the U.S. The researchers then looked at the medical records of approximately 56,000 males who had been prescribed testosterone boosters, more than 48,000 of whom were under the age of 65.
“We identified the [timing of the] first prescription and followed them for 90 days,” Finkle said. The heart attack risk doubled in that period for subjects over the age of 65, and for those under 65 with pre-existing heart problems.
Even though the increase in risk in younger individuals was only noted in those with a pre-existing history of heart problems, Finkle said he’s uncertain of the safety of testosterone supplementation in younger, healthy males. “We don’t have enough evidence to say testosterone supplements in men under age 65 without heart disease are safe,” he said.
Risks of Androderm
Men who underwent testosterone replacement therapy with products like Androderm who had the following health problems had the greatest risk of heart attack:
- Plaque buildup
- Artery blockage
- High cholesterol
What is a Heart Attack?
An Androderm heart attack occurs when the flow of oxygenated blood to a part of the heart muscle becomes blocked, and the heart can’t get the oxygen it requires. If blood flow is not restored in a timely manner, that part of the heart muscle dies. Signs and symptoms of an Androderm heart attack may include:
- Chest pain / discomfort / pressure
- Arm weakness
- Shortness of breath
- Discomfort in other parts of the upper body
Please Note: Not all heart attacks present with these signs. The symptoms of a heart attack may vary significantly from patient to patient. Certain people have few if any symptoms, and are surprised to learn they’ve had a heart attack. If you’ve already had a heart attack, your symptoms may not be the same for another one.
Do I Have an Androderm Heart Attack Lawsuit?
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