For men, a decrease in testosterone is a normal part of the aging process — similar to wrinkles or graying hair. Because many health professionals today are viewing such a normal, natural process as one that should be treated medically — with testosterone therapy — many men are suffering significant health consequences beyond those related to hormones. If your father is or was on testosterone therapy and then suffered serious blood clots, you may be surprised to learn about the link between the two, as well as to find that the link is strong enough to be worth discussing with an attorney.
The Truth about Testosterone Therapy
Many studies have already shown that a decrease in testosterone is a typical component of the normal male aging process. This means that many of the men who have been diagnosed with “low testosterone” are simply getting older. What’s unfortunate is that these men may undergo testosterone therapies that not only attempt to change a normal physiological change, but also that can cause serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes and blood clots.
Blood Clots and Testosterone Therapy
If your father experienced deep venous thrombosis (DVT) — also known as blood clots occurring usually in the legs — while or immediately after undergoing testosterone therapy, it’s possible that the therapy and the blood clots are connected. DVT, or its related cousin pulmonary emboli (i.e., clots in the big veins of the legs breaking off and traveling to the lungs), are serious, potentially life-threatening concerns. Clots that spread to the lungs can cause severe injury, even death, as well as fatal pulmonary emboli or massive pulmonary emboli.
How to Know If You Should Consult an Attorney
There are two main conditions your father should meet before you see an attorney about his blood clots and testosterone treatment:
- He underwent testosterone therapy for a period of time (months to years) to treat “low testosterone” (aka androgen deficiency or testosterone deficiency).
- While in testosterone therapy or very soon after quitting, he suffered major blood clots.
If the above qualifications describe your father’s situation, it’s in your best interest to talk with a legal professional who understands this field. Your father has rights promised to him under The Constitution of the United States and the law, and there is a substantial body of evidence showing the link between testosterone drugs and the injuries resulting from them. Despite the prevalence of the low-testosterone diagnosis, it is a highly marketed condition more than a legitimate one. Consult an attorney about your specific situation and what to do next.