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HELPING HEART FAILURE

ANCHOR LEAD: CAN TESTOSTERONE IMPROVE SYMPTOMS OF HEART FAILURE?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

People with heart failure frequently report profound fatigue and a host of other symptoms, including difficulty walking or even breathing deeply.  Now a study assessing the use of testosterone supplements in these patients concludes the hormone may help.  Arthur Burnett, a urologist at Johns Hopkins, comments.

BURNETT:  What was very interesting was that the study did reveal that in all of these clinical measures there did seem to be benefit, particularly in those who were hypogonadal, those with very low testosterone levels.  Which, I should say as an aside, seems to be related to chronic heart failure, for reasons that are not entirely clear.  So this suggests here that the addition of hormones could be beneficial for these kinds of patients.              :21

The testosterone administered in this study was long-acting and required a once every six weeks injection, necessitating a clinic visit.  Burnett says patients may be able to be instructed to give their own injections at home, thus rendering compliance easier.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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