Testosterone therapy ‘does not increase heart attack risk’

8 July 2014

Although there has been widespread concern over the link between testosterone therapy and heart attacks, new research has shown that the hormone does not increase the risk of myocardial infarctions.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, examined 25,420 men aged 66 and over who had been treated with testosterone for up to eight years.

Jacques Baillargeon, lead author of the research, commented: “There is a large body of evidence that is consistent with our finding of no increased risk of heart attack associated with testosterone use."

In the recent years, more men have sought the therapy to supplement supplement low testosterone counts with products that may increase muscle tone and sex drive.

The UTMB study revealed testosterone therapy users with a higher probability of cardiovascular problems had a lower risk of heart attacks compared to those who did not receive the hormone treatment.

Mr Baillargeon believes that large–scale, randomised clinical trials are now needed to provide more definitive evidence regarding the link between myocardial infarctions and testosterone therapy.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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