Researchers say that testosterone supplements like AndroGel may increase the risk of heart attack in certain users. This risk has been reported to double in young men with prior heart problems, and in all men over the age of 65. Just how testosterone may cause a heart attack is still being debated; however, scientists believe it may have something to do with the drugs’ ability to create blood clots.
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How Can AndroGel Cause a Heart Attack?
In January 2014, a study published in the medical journal PLOS ONE found an increased risk of heart attack in all men aged 65 or older, as well as younger ones with a history of heart disease. In both age groups, heart attack risk doubled in the 90 days after the test subjects started taking testosterone, said lead researcher William Finkle, CEO of Consolidated Research.
“It was more or less the same increase in risk,” Finkle said.
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is usually administered via gel, patch or injection, and is widely advertised on TV and on the Internet. Although the risk to older men has been noted in previous studies, the new study is believed to be the 1st to look at males under the age of 65. The research was conducted by a team that included experts from Consolidated Research, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and UCLA.
The PLOS ONE study was initiated after a 2010 report in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) described a study that was halted early after testosterone gel users began suffering heart attacks and other severe cardiovascular side effects.
Although both the PLOS ONE and NEJM studies identified a link between testosterone use and heart attacks, neither proved a cause-and-effect relationship. The researchers did not offer an explanation for the link, but Finkle theorized that it could be tied to the effect of testosterone in the bloodstream.
“The theory is that testosterone most likely promotes clotting,” he said. Older males typically have thinner blood vessels which could cause clotting problems, Finkle said. Testosterone boosters may also increase estrogen levels in men, according to the researchers. Estrogen therapy has been linked to heart problems in both men and women.
Can I File an AndroGel Heart Attack Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file an AndroGel Lawsuit, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of testosterone supplements, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that manufacturers failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of heart attack.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of AndroGel, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your heart attack, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective drug into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I have an AndroGel Heart Attack Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in AndroGel Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new AndroGel Stroke cases in all 50 states.
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