Friday March 22, 2019

High Levels of Testosterone May Raise Heart Failure Risk in Men

For the study, researchers included almost four lakh men and women aged 40 to 75 years

0
//
Heart rate
Heart rate, Flickr
Men with genetic predisposition to high testosterone levels could be at increased risk of developing blood clots and heart failure, a study has found.
The study, led by City University of New York researchers, aimed to determine whether endogenous testosterone has a causal role in blood clots (thromboembolism), heart failure and heart attack (myocardial infarction).
They found endogenous testosterone was positively associated with thromboembolism, heart failure, and myocardial infarction in men.
The findings, published by The BMJ, can also have implications for men who take testosterone supplements to boost energy levels and sex drive, said Mary Schooling, Professor at the varsity.
Endogenous testosterone can be controlled with existing treatments and could be a modifiable risk factor for thromboembolism and heart failure, she noted.
Heart Attack, women
Anti-inflammatory drugs may put you at heart attack risk.
Pixabay
“We need to be thinking of new directions for reducing heart disease and this is one way of doing it,” Schooling was quoted as saying to The Guardian.
She pointed out that statins, which are used to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, have been found to lower testosterone levels.
“To protect men we should be looking at treatments and lifestyles which are more on the side of keeping testosterone lower rather than higher,” she said.
For the study, researchers included almost four lakh men and women aged 40 to 75 years.
The associations were found less obvious in women. (IANS)

Next Story

Smart Toilet Seats can Monitor Patients with Congestive Heart Failure

The toilet seats are equipped to measure the electrical and mechanical activity of the heart, and can monitor heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygenation levels

0
heart
The toilet seats would be purchased by hospitals and issued to heart failure patients after discharge, it added. Pixabay

Hospitals will soon be able to monitor patients with congestive heart failure in the comfort of their own homes, thanks to a new type of toilet-seats that can measure biometrics during “natural” processes.

The toilet seats are equipped to measure the electrical and mechanical activity of the heart, and can monitor heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygenation levels, and the patient’s weight and stroke volume, which is the amount of blood pumped out of the heart at every beat.

Created by a team of researchers from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, the toilet seats will be brought through the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance process by the researchers’ company Heart Health Intelligence, the institute said in a statement on Wednesday.

heart
Algorithms in the seats will analyse the data, and with further development warn of deteriorating condition. Pixabay

The toilet seats would be purchased by hospitals and issued to heart failure patients after discharge, it added.

ALSO READ: Chinese Scientists Develop Robotic System for Medical Use

Algorithms in the seats will analyse the data, and with further development warn of deteriorating condition.

The system will pick up deteriorating conditions before the patients even realise they are symptomatic, said Nicholas Conn, a postdoctoral fellow at RIT and founder and CEO of Heart Health Intelligence. (IANS)