Are you a middle-aged or older man who has used a testosterone booster to treat ‘Low T’? Have you suffered a blood clot as a result of this treatment? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries through the filing of a lawsuit. Symptoms of a testosterone blood clot include calf/chest pain, shortness of breath, and coughing up blood.
Free Testosterone Blood Clot Attorney Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot after taking a testosterone supplement, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
The Risks of Treating ‘Low T’
Most men who use testosterone supplements do not have hypogonadism or missing testicles, which are the conditions they were originally approved to treat. Instead, the majority of men who are prescribed testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) are being treated for “Low T,” which is the natural reduction in testosterone production that occurs as men age. Side effects of Low T include lower energy levels and decreased sex drive. TRT drugs have been heavily marketed as an effective treatment for Low T; however, the health risks associated with testosterone boosters may outweigh any potential benefits.
Testosterone supplements include:
Testosterone Blood Clot Studies
A recent study determined that testosterone supplements cause a nearly 30% increase in the risk of blood clots, stroke, heart attack, and sudden death. Of the men in the study, 1,223 underwent TRT, and nearly 26% suffered a heart attack, stroke or died within the next 3 years. That compared with 20% for men who did not use testosterone boosters. Patients who received testosterone were slightly younger and had lower rates of other illnesses.
Doctors have admitted that prior to the study, the risks of testosterone blood clots were not clearly understood: “Prior to this study, we didn’t know much about the cardiovascular risk,” said Michael Ho, a cardiologist at the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System. “Men taking testosterone have to ask themselves whether the risks are worth the benefits they may be receiving,” he said.
Other doctors are calling for additional research to be performed to ensure that patients are aware of the potential health risks associated with testosterone replacement therapy. Cardiologist Steven Nissen of the Cleveland Clinic said he and other healthcare professionals “saw trouble on the horizon” with the widespread use of testosterone supplements. “I get it—men want to feel stronger. But we should insist on long-term well-designed safety trials,” he said
How do Blood Clots Occur?
Blood begins the process of clotting when it is exposed to certain substances. There are several different substances that are called ‘thrombogenic’ because they promote the formation of a clot. Most thrombogenic substances are found in the skin or in blood vessel walls. Normally separated from the blood flow, their contact with blood typically means the blood vessel wall is ruptured and bleeding. Examples of thrombogenic substances include tissue factor, collagen, and von Willebrand factor.
Symptoms of a testosterone blood clot may include:
- Pain in the calf
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Coughing blood
The vast majority of heart attacks and strokes are caused by the sudden formation of a blood clot on cholesterol plaque inside an artery in the heart or brain. When the plaque ruptures, thrombogenic substances inside the plaque are exposed to blood, triggering the clotting process.
Blood clots can also form when blood does not flow properly. Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is characterized by an abnormal heart rhythm in which blood accumulates in the heart, potentially resulting in blood clots. If a blood clot migrates to the brain, it can cause a stroke. Prolonged immobilization can reduce blood flow in the legs, increasing the risk for blood clots in leg veins (deep venous thrombosis, or DVT).
Do I Need a Testosterone Blood Clot Attorney?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial Lawsuits that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Testosterone Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new testosterone blood clot cases in all 50 states.
Free Testosterone Blood Clot Attorney Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one suffered a blood clot after taking a testosterone booster, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.