Does Treating Low Testosterone Increase the Risk of Heart Attacks?
Possibly.The FDA has not yet reached a conclusion, but
it is reviewing a couple of recent studies that have said, yes, it does, at
least for men greater than 65 y.o. and in younger men with a history of heart
problems.The studies tested synthetic
testosterone in patients who had low blood levels of testosterone.Currently, such treatment is approved only
when the low testosterone levels are associated with a medical condition.There is no doubt that many men feel better
if their testosterone levels are improved.It is probable, in my opinion, that the risk might be lower if the
bio-identical hormones were prescribed, but that has not been tested.As usual, the benefits should outweigh the
risks if testosterone is used.
See Family Practice News, Feb. 15, 2014, p. 12-13.