Testosterone Level and Heart Disease

Since there is so much attention being given to women’s cardiology, I thought I would let people know that men have a heart too and we are different as well. Also, this topic has been becoming a popular in the US.  Most of the information that I will be sharing with you was presented by Dr. Kevin Billups  who is the director of Men’s Health and Vitality Program and associate professor of urology at Johns Hopkins.

First of all, testosterone replacement therapy is only beneficial if you have low total serum testosterone level and signs of hypogonadism– such as ED, low sexual desire, low muscle mass, low energy, decreased mental concentration, high fat mass, anemia, and osteoporosis. So if you have one or more of these symptoms then I would definitely get tested.

Second, low endogenous testosterone levels do correlate with an increased risk for adverse cardiovascular events by endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerosis. But this begs the question, “Does testosterone replacement reduce cardiovascular disease?” Short answer is no but it does make changes in blood pressure, glycemic control, and lipid fractions. There is a definite improvement in your quality of life.  Most importantly, I would aggressively treat your risk factors in order to avoid a cardiac event in the future. Which brings up my third point.

Low T levels are usually associated with metabolic syndrome, obesity, alcohol, diabetes, and hypertension. So if your concerned about your T levels as well as your cardiovascular risks, please let us help you and do contact us. Since this is a highly discussed topic, feel free to write any questions or comments on this blog below, Facebook, or email me at info@cardiacvision.com.