Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), widely advertised as a way for middle-age and older men to reclaim their youthful vitality, may increase the risk of a heart attack. A recent study has determined that young men with pre-existing heart problems, as well as older ones with no heart conditions, doubled their risk of heart attack in the 90 days after initiating a regimen of testosterone treatment. This article discusses how scientists believe testosterone may cause a heart attack in certain men.
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Testosterone Supplements May Increase Heart Attack Risk: Study
The new study, which was published in January 2014 in the medical journal PLOS ONE, was conducted by a team from Consolidated Research, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and UCLA. Although the heart attack risk to men over the age of 65 had been previously documented, the PLOS ONE study is believed to be the first to look at younger testosterone users.
The research was initiated after a 2010 report published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) described a clinical trial that was stopped early after an increase was noted in heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems among testosterone gel users over the age of 65. The researchers took data from Truven Health Analytics, which gathers information on patient care in the U.S., and analyzed the medical records of approximately 56,000 men who had used prescription testosterone supplements (more than 48,000 of whom were under age the age of 65).
“We identified the [timing of the] first prescription and followed them for 90 days,” said researcher William Finkle, CEO of Consolidated Research. The heart attack risk doubled during this period for men over 65, as well as for younger men with a history of heart disease, the study found.
When the researchers followed the men for another three months, the heart attack risk declined to the level it was at the study’s start for men who did not refill their first testosterone prescription. Despite the fact that the increased risk in younger men was only observed in those with pre-existing heart problems, the researchers said they were unable to determine whether TRT was safe for younger, healthy men.
“We don’t have enough evidence to say testosterone supplements in men under age 65 without heart disease are safe,” Finkle said.
Although the research identified a link between testosterone and heart attack, the study was unable to determine exactly how the injuries were caused. The researchers did not delve into the explanation for the link, but Finkle speculated that it could be tied to the effect testosterone boosters have on the blood.
“The theory is that testosterone most likely promotes clotting,” he said. Older men typically have thinner vessels, which could increase the risk of clotting. Testosterone may also increase estrogen levels in men, Finkle said. Estrogen has been associated with an increased risk for heart problems in both men and women.
Can I File a Testosterone Heart Attack Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a Testosterone 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 a testosterone replacement therapy product, 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 a Testosterone 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 Testosterone lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Testosterone heart attack cases in all 50 states.
Free Testosterone Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had a heart attack after taking a testosterone supplement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Testosterone Heart Attack Suit and we can help.