A link has been found between the use of testosterone supplements and heart attacks according to a new study. The study authored by epidemiologist William Finkle and researchers at UCLA found that the risk of heart attack in men 65 and older taking testosterone supplements more than doubled with the first 90 days of using the product. The study found that in men under the age of 65 with a history of heart disease, who were taking testosterone supplements, the risk of heart attack more than tripled.
Sales of testosterone supplements, sold under the brand names Androgel, Axiron, Fortesta, Striant, and Testrim, have seen a dramatic rise over the past few years. Originally approved by the FDA for treatment of a condition known as “Low-T,” testosterone supplements are being given to treat a wide range of problems in men such as fatigue or diminished libido. In fact many patients do not even have their testosterone levels tested prior to starting therapy. As the popularity of testosterone supplements increase, more and more troubling information is coming to light and more and more studies are linking testosterone supplements to stroke, heart attack, and death.