Despite how frequently the average consumer sees commercials about decreased sex drives or low testosterone levels, the truth about testosterone therapy is that it’s dangerous. Linked with serious health consequences such as heart attacks, blood clots and strokes, testosterone therapy is not only a risky treatment, it’s also an overprescribed treatment. In fact, for many men — perhaps your husband — who have been prescribed testosterone therapy as a medical treatment, the only health problem that warranted the diagnoses was natural aging, with the resulting hormonal changes that occur.
The Truth about Low Testosterone
Low testosterone, which is also called androgen deficiency or testosterone deficiency, has been heavily marketed to the general public through direct-to-consumer advertising. Warning signs such as “less energy” or “less involvement in sports,” are used to prove medical intervention is necessary for health. In reality, there have been many studies that have shown a decrease in testosterone to be part of the normal male aging process. While there are undoubtedly subpopulations that require testosterone therapy for various injuries or central nervous system problems, it is not a massive segment of the male population in middle or later years that requires treatment with testosterone.
Testosterone Treatment and Strokes
Several serious health conditions have been linked with testosterone therapy, including cerebral vascular accidents (CVAs), also known as strokes. A stroke occurs because of a blockage of blood supply or a clot within the blood supply to a segment of the brain, causing what’s called cerebral infarction (the same infarction you might recognize from myocardial infarction — a heart attack). Infarction literally means death, and cerebral means brain, so what this is describing is the death of brain tissue. Because brain tissue has little capacity to regenerate once it’s been injured, a stroke is a devastating injury, and while there may be some recovery, there is usually permanent damage.
When to See an Attorney
If your husband meets the following criteria, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney who is focused on this area of law:
- He underwent testosterone therapy because of a “low testosterone” diagnosis.
- While undergoing treatment or soon after stopping, he experienced a stroke.
Men who have experienced strokes while or right after testosterone therapy have rights under the United States Constitution and law. There is significant research beginning to show that testosterone therapy causes injuries such as strokes — and, what’s more, that the testosterone therapy may not have been necessary to begin with. Consult an attorney to learn more about how to handle your specific situation.