Low Testosterone Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Attack

Low testosterone (T) levels are linked to an increased risk of heart attack, erection problems and stiff arteries— according to a study from the University Hospital Paolo Giaccone in Palermo, Italy. Men with low T had higher Framingham Risk Scores, which predicts the chances of having a heart attack in the next 10 years based on blood pressure, blood levels of cholesterol and HDL (the good cholesterol), smoking history and age. Low T was also linked to reduced flow-mediated vasodilation, which means the arteries were stiffer, and erectile dysfunction. Low blood testosterone is an important predictor of poor cardiovascular health. (Atherosclerosis, 238: 415-419, 2015)

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