For men with low testosterone, or “Low T”, hormone replacement therapy supplements can help provide relief from symptoms including fatigue, decreased sex drive and weight gain. Unfortunately, what most of these men might not know is that testosterone boosters can come with serious health risks. One of the most severe risks is an increased risk of heart attack.
Free Testosterone Heart Attack Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack after taking a testosterone supplement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the testosterone booster and we can help.
What are the Complications of a Heart Attack?
Complications resulting from a testosterone heart attack can vary greatly from patient to patient, ranging from moderate to fatal.
Some patients experience what is described as a “minor” heart attack – although the condition is still very serious – with no long-term health complications. This is classified as an “uncomplicated” heart attack.
Other people experience major heart attacks which can cause a number of complications that may require long-term medical treatment. Some common complications of a testosterone heart attack include:
Arrhythmia – Abnormal heartbeat that may involve the heart beating too rapidly (tachycardia), too slow (bradycardia) or irregularly (atrial fibrillation, or A-fib ).
Arrhythmias can occur after a heart attack that has caused muscle damage. Damaged heart muscles disrupt electrical signals that control the heart. Certain arrhythmias, such as tachycardia, are moderate and may cause symptoms including:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
Other heart arrhythmias can be severe and even fatal, such as during:
Heart block – Where electrical signals are unable to travel across the width of the heart, making it unable to pump blood properly.
Ventricular arrhythmia – When the heart starts beating more rapidly prior to going into a spasm and stops pumping altogether; this is called sudden cardiac arrest.
Both heart block and ventricular arrhythmia are a major cause of death during the 24 hours following a heart attack. However, survival rates have increased greatly since the portable defibrillator was invented. This device shocks the heart with an electric pulse, resetting it to the correct rhythm. Moderate arrhythmias can typically be managed with beta-blocker medications.
More severe heart arrhythmias that cause long-term symptoms may require treatment with a pacemaker. This is a device that is surgically placed inside the chest, which is used to help regulate the beating of the heart.
Heart Failure – Occurs when the heart is no longer able to pump blood through the body. Heart failure can occur after a heart attack if muscles in the heart have sustained significant damage. In most patients, this occurs in the left side of the heart. Signs of heart failure may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling in your arms and legs
Cardiogenic shock – Similar to heart failure, but more severe. Cardiogenic shock occurs when the heart muscle has been damaged so severely that it can no longer supply enough blood to keep the body going. Symptoms may include:
- Cold hands/feet
- Decreased urine output
- Fluttering heartbeat
- Labored breathing
- Pale skin
Cardiogenic shock is usually treated with anticoagulant drugs, which makes the blood pump easier. Vasopressors may also be used. These medications help constrict the blood vessels, which increases blood pressure and improves circulation. Once the initial symptoms of cardiogenic shock have been stabilized, surgery may be performed to improve heart function.
Heart rupture – Severe and relatively common complication of a heart attack that occurs when the heart’s muscles, walls or valves split apart. Heart rupture can develop if the heart is significantly damaged during a heart attack. Symptoms are nearly identical to those produced by cardiogenic shock. In most cases, open heart surgery is required to repair the damage. The long-term prognosis for patients who have a heart rupture is not good, and it is estimated that 50% of all people die within five days of the rupture developing.
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.