Testosterone therapy is associated with raised risk of myocardial infarction, US study finds

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 31 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1297
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

In the three months after starting testosterone therapy the risk of myocardial infarction doubled among men aged over 65, and the risk among younger men who had a prior history of heart disease was two to three times higher than normal, a US study has found.1

The study was published online on 29 January in the open access journal PLoS One. William D Finkle of Consolidated Research in Los Angeles was the paper’s lead author, and the senior author was Robert N Hoover of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

Testosterone therapy for low testosterone concentrations has been heavily marketed in the United States, and over the past decade the number …

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