Testosterone therapies have been shown to create an increased risk of both heart attack and heart disease. While this is a very real threat for any male that is receiving such therapy, the risks double for men under 65. This creates and increased chance of these men suffering from side effects that could negatively impact their health for years to come, even to the point of causing an early death. The same risks and concerns exist for men over 65, but at a lower rate. Outside of risks to their heart health, testosterone therapies have been shown to have a negative cerebral impact as well.
Even the smallest alteration to an individual’s brain can lead to any number of additional health concerns. Impairment, physical disability, and life-long damage can occur, which leaves the victim needing treatment for the remainder of their lives. It is important to be aware of when a condition such as these has been caused due to medical malpractice.
Stroke or heart attack may be the leading instances of medical malpractice from testosterone therapies; however, studies have shown that these therapies may also impact the memory areas of the brain. Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other similar conditions are some of the potential cognitive threats posed by testosterone therapies, particularly for men of Caucasian descent. Negligence in the risks associated with risks involved in such therapies could be grounds for a medical malpractice case. Dementia risks occur when testosterone therapies cause elevated levels of oxidative stress.
These therapies pose a threat even for individuals that have no previous history of these diseases. Full onset signs include misplacing items, a general forgetfulness, the inability to remember names, or other similar conditions. This impacts both the individual and their family. Beyond the immediate health concerns, the impacted individual may no longer be able to perform at work, leading to an additional burden caused by medical malpractice.
If you think your loved one may be suffering from cognitive impairment due to medical malpractice, here are a few of the warning signs to look out for.
Warning signs of Alzheimer:
- Disruptive Memory Loss
- Issues Planning or Solving
- Difficulty with Familiar Tasks
- Confusion About Time or Location
- Issues with Speaking or Writing
- Social Withdrawal
- Changes in Behavior
Warning signs of Dementia:
- Increased Confusion
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Withdrawal or Depression
- Behavioral Changes
- Unable to Perform Everyday Tasks
Other Potential Side Effects
While the most severe conditions that are caused by testosterone therapies affect the heart and brain, there are a number of other potential side effects as well. Some of the side effects are considered minor, such as acne or increased baldness. More threatening side effects include low sperm count, a dangerous increase in red blood cells, and elevated urinary conditions. These issues can lead to severe and long term effects.
Contacting A Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been taking a testosterone therapy under the guidance of a doctor and is suffering from any of these conditions, you should consult a lawyer. Determining whether or not there are grounds for a medical malpractice case can be difficult and expert guidance is needed. The potential impact of these treatments can be both long-term and life threatening. Medical malpractice can lead to a more limited and costly life and the victim should have compensation in such cases.
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Testosterone Therapies Leading to Medical Malpractice