Everybody Loves Testosterone
Chronic heart failure has plagued people for many years and is one of the leading death causes for men over fifty. It is a progressive breakdown of heart muscle that enlarges the heart, thinning its walls and draining its pumping power. Past studies have shown that testosterone can help treat people suffering from chronic heart failure. Testosterone supplementation may prevent or reverse the effects of aging (#1). It can improve exercise-induced coronary ischemia in men who suffer from coronary heart disease. Many aging men experience muscle weakness, erectile deficiencies, osteoporosis and increased fat mass. All of these factors contribute to heart problems, and testosterone can improve these problems resulting in a healthier body and heart. Testosterone can cause a stimulation of synthesis of new specific proteins that can strengthen the heart (#5).
So, can testosterone help treat and cure aging men with chronic heart failure? This paper will examine different types of treatments that have been done that can cause benefits and detriments to the human heart. One way to examine the benefits testosterone can have on the heart is by measuring its effect on the brachial artery, which is a main artery in the upper arm that bifurcates into the radial and ulnar arteries of the elbow.
A study conducted in London tested this in 22 men suffering from coronary artery disease (CAD) in a double-blind study. The abuse of synthetic androgens has been associated with premature CAD (#2). The first group of 11 patients was injected with high doses of testosterone to see its effects solely on the cardiovascular system. Blood samples were taken to observe the plasma testosterone levels already in their bodies. This was done before an ultrasound, which used deep-heat treatment to observe their heart and surrounding arteries.
The second group of 11 patients was injected with lower amounts of testosterone to obtain the...