I recently received a text message from a patient concerned that testosterone was increasing his risk for heart attacks and blood clots. This patient said that his friend recently had a heart attack caused by a blood clot after being on testosterone for 6 months. The cardiologist told the friend that the testosterone was most likely the cause. The friend was advised to stop the testosterone and to tell his friends that taking testosterone is linked to increased cardiovascular risk. My patient was highly concerned and asked my opinion in whether he should continue his testosterone. What does the science say about
Did you know that 50% of patients who suffer heart attacks have normal EKG’s. normal cholesterol values and no symptoms prior to having a heart attack? The reason why that should scare you is because other than these basic screening tools very few physicians are ordering advanced tests to predict the likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke. The purpose of this blog is to educate you about what other options you have to screen for cardiovascular disease. Specifically the carotid ultrasound to look for thickness of the wall (intima media thickness) and for early plaque build up.