Testosterone therapy’s link to heart attack, stroke, and death: what you need to know.
Brett A. Emison
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Millions of men across the country have received various forms of testosterone therapy (TT). A new study, however, warns that testosterone gels may double the risk of heart attack for some men. Men age 65 and older had double the risk of heart attack within 90 days of taking a testosterone gel when compared with non-testosterone users. For younger men with a previous heart attack, testosterone gels increased the risk of a subsequent heart almost tripled within 90 days of starting testosterone gel.
Another danger is that once testosterone therapy starts, you may not be able to stop. Dr. Gregory Broderick told CNN that “once you start, your body begins shutting down natural production of the hormone, thinking it’s no longer needed.”
There have been a number of lawsuits filed involving men who have experienced heart attack or other heart-related events after taking AndroGel. Hundreds of additional lawsuits are expected across the country.