The Link Between Testosterone and Arrhythmia
Recent clinical studies involving men with hypogonadism suggest that a lack of testosterone may affect AF development.
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an abnormal heart rhythm where the heart may “quiver” or beat irregularly, potentially resulting in blood clots, a stroke, or other heart-related complications. Over fifteen percent of strokes are often AF related, which happens when the upper chambers of the heart experience an irregular heartbeat, potentially failing to move blood properly into the ventricles. AF remains the most common cardiac arrhythmia in the world.
Recent clinical studies involving men with hypogonadism suggest that a lack of testosterone may affect AF development. These men were evaluated alongside patients that had received testosterone replacement therapy. Sure enough, the study found that men with a testosterone deficiency or low testosterone levels showed a greater incidence of AF. While further research is needed to corroborate the findings, the results may suggest that testosterone therapy could help to prevent AF, potentially lowering the risk of heart-related problems.
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