Hormones and the heart

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Hormones and the heart

Graham Jackson, MB (Hons), FRCP, FACC, FESC;
St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK
Heart Metab. (2015) 66:2

  • The effect of hormones on the heart usually relates to tachycardias such as thyroid overactivity, bradycardias such as thyroid underactivity, and arrhythmias such as adrenaline excess. In this edition of Heart and Metabolism, we focus on the hormone “of the moment”—testosterone. We know that in chronic conditions testosterone depletion is quite common, eg, affecting nearly 50% of type 2 diabetics. The question has always surrounded the safety of replacing testosterone in those who are hypogonadal. Recently, the replacement of testosterone has been thought to increase cardiovascular risk. This has caused considerable consternation as the bulk of preceeding trials suggested the opposite. So, it was particularly interesting to read a systemic review and meta-analysis of cardiovascular risk associated with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)…
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