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2013 – Elevated risk for heart attack, stroke in testosterone therapy

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In 2013, a team of medical researchers led by R. Vigen from The University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas published a report titled “Association of testosterone therapy with mortality, myocardial infarction, and stroke in men with low testosterone levels.” in JAMA that aimed to evaluate the connection between testosterone therapy and increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and death.

The authors write “Rates of testosterone therapy are increasing and the effects of testosterone therapy on cardiovascular outcomes and mortality are unknown” and “A recent randomized clinical trial of testosterone therapy in men with a high prevalence of cardiovascular diseases was stopped prematurely due to adverse cardiovascular events raising concerns about testosterone therapy safety.”  As such, the aim of this study was to “assess the association between testosterone therapy and all-cause mortality, myocardial infarction (MI), or stroke among male veterans and to determine whether this association is modified by underlying coronary artery disease.”

Studying a total of 8,709 men with low testosterone, of which 1,223 patients used testosterone therapy and 7,486 did not, the team found that 27.5% of men using testosterone therapy suffered serious adverse cardiac events, compared to only 19.9% of unmedicated men in that same period.  As such, Vigen et al. (2013) concluded that “the use of testosterone therapy was associated with increased risk of adverse outcomes” and state “These findings may inform the discussion about the potential risks of testosterone therapy.”

Due to the fact that the manufacturers of Androgel, a topical testosterone therapy drug, failed time and again to adequately warn men of the risk for heart attack and stroke associated with Androgel, a number of Androgel lawsuits have been filed.

If you or a loved one used Androgel and suffered heart attack, stroke, or death, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation from the manufacturer.  For a free, no-obligation case consultation, contact our team of Androgel lawyers at the information provided below.  We have the compassion, experience, and resources required to win the compensation you deserve.  Call today and see how we can help.

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