First-Time Users of Testosterone Drugs May Face Increased Risk of Heart Attack

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First-Time Users of Testosterone Drugs May Face Increased Risk of Heart Attack

Men who use low-T drugs for the first time have a 41% higher chance of suffering a heart attack, compared to men who don’t use the drugs.

A new study published this week in the medical journal Pharmacotherapy suggests that first-time users of popular testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) drugs like AndroGel face a significantly increased risk of suffering a heart attack. In the study, researchers from the University of British Columbia found that men who use AndroGel and other low-T treatments for the first time are 41% more likely to experience a heart attack than men who don’t use the medications. If you used a testosterone drug in the past, and you have since suffered a heart attack or another serious side effect, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help put you in touch with an experienced product liability lawyer today.

Heart Attack Risk Among Low-T Drug Users

The researchers involved in the testosterone study analyzed data on nearly one million men between the ages of 45 and 80, and while they didn’t find a statistically significant increase in the risk of heart attacks among current users of testosterone drugs, they did find that those identified as first-time users were 41% more likely to experience a heart attack than men not taking the drugs. These findings come amid increasing concerns about the potential risk of life-threatening side effects among users of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) drugs like AndroGel, Testim, Axiron and AndroDerm, including heart attack, stroke and sudden death.

Potential Side Effects of Testosterone Drugs

Testosterone replacement therapy drugs like AndroGel and Testim have become increasingly popular forms of treatment among men experiencing fatigue and a natural decline in testosterone levels associated with the aging process, although the medications are only approved to treat a medical condition known as hypogonadism. According to a growing body of research, many of these men taking low-T drugs for so-called “lifestyle reasons” may be putting themselves at an unnecessary risk for serious side effects, including heart attack and other cardiovascular problems, regardless of their age or frequency of use.

An Experienced TRT Injury Attorney Can Help

According to the findings of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in November 2013, older men with pre-existing heart trouble who take testosterone medications may be more like to suffer adverse cardiovascular events like heart attacks. Another study published in the journal PLoSOne in January 2014, found that side effects of low-T drugs may double the risk of heart attack for young men and men over 65, regardless of any pre-existing heart conditions. If you believe you have been harmed by side effects of testosterone therapy, contact a reputable low-T treatment attorney today to discuss your possible compensation options.
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