Amid concerns that testosterone boosters could increase the risk of heart attack, a new study suggests that the supplements may cause calcium buildup in the blood, leading to artery blockages and severe cardiovascular side effects.
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What’s the Problem?
May 5, 2016 – The study, which was published in Scientific Reports, set out to find the reason for an increased risk of heart attack in men who use testosterone supplements. The researchers examined how testosterone affected blood vessel tissues in laboratory mice, finding that it may be the reason for calcium buildup inside the vessels. The calcification was specifically linked to testosterone since the researchers determined that removing the androgen receptors caused less calcium production.
Calcification leads to narrowing and hardening of the blood vessel, which makes the heart work harder to perform its duties. It can also cause problems with the heart valves. These issues can increase the risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular complications, according to the study.
The researchers noted that their findings were derived from a relatively small sample group and that additional research is needed to determine a conclusive link between testosterone, calcification and heart attack. However, their findings support previous studies which have associated the use of testosterone boosters with increased rates of heart attack. Testosterone supplements, which were originally approved for the treatment of low testosterone (“Low T”) levels due to hypogonadism, have recently been prescribed “off-label” for a variety of other reasons, including the natural aging process.
Testosterone Litigation Status
Federal lawsuits involving injuries allegedly caused by AndroGel, Testim and Axiron have now been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. MDLs are commonly established when there is a large number of cases with common statements of fact for the purpose of streamlining early trial proceedings.
Do I have a Testosterone Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in testosterone lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
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