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A recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association links Low-T treatments to increases in Testosterone Heart Attacks and Testosterone Strokes. (Link # 1) With a superabundance of advertising to both patients and doctors over the past decade, Low-T treatment has increased more than five-fold to a $1.6 billion market. Much of that increase has come from off-label prescription uses being suggested and pushed by the manufacturers. Only recently though has the medical community become aware of the increased risks of Low-T therapy. (Link #2) Because testosterone treatment increases the number of red blood cells in a man’s body, it also increases the thickness of his blood, raising the risk of both stroke and heart attack. The increase in risk is actually so much that a 2009 study of older gentleman and Low-T treatment was prematurely halted due to the high rate of heart attacks among the participants.
The first lawsuits were brought against AbbiVie, manufacturer of Androgel Testosterone on February 4th, 2014. More suits are expected to follow as awareness of the dangers of Low-T treatment grows. Other similar Low-T products on the market include:
In addition to the increase rate of heart attack and stroke among Testosterone users, Low-T therapy has also been linked to prostate cancer, worsened sleep apnea, atherosclerosis and coronary plaque, other cardiovascular problems and even death.
While low testosterone is a very real and debilitating problem that requires treatment among some men, a recent report on CBSnews.com suggested that 43 percent of men receiving Low-T treatment actually had normal levels of natural testosterone. (Link #3). Low-T therapy is being given to men to treat the “symptoms” of the natural aging process, and at the same time increasing the chances that they will suffer from a heart attack or stroke, even if they previously had clean, plaque-free arteries. If you have suffered a heart attack, stroke, or other medical injury that you believe is related to your Low-T or Testosterone therapy, please contact Houssiere, Durant & Houssiere, LLP today.