Another study was conducted to increase the options for saving the life of persons having heart failure, and other risks regarding the cardiovascular area of the body. It suggests that testosterone could boost women's health, particularly to those having heart failure, without posing any serious side effects.
Although this treatment holds some promise, researchers are not yet ready to recommend this kind of hormone to female patients who are suffering from heart failure.
"They're definitely onto something that deserves explanation," said Ezekowitz, one of the assistant professors in the University of Alberta in Canada. "We have a hit a wall in terms of what we can do for patients with heart failure. We've made a lot of progress, but there are still patients who have symptoms despite the premium blend of medications and fancy devices.", he added.
Heart failure is common for those people aged 60 and beyond. Due to their age, their bodies tend to get weak, and the heart fails to pump blood properly at times because of high blood pressure, or previous heart attacks. People between these ages often run out of breath easily and get extremely tired.
Previously, before the hormone was introduced to women, testosterone has also caused a positive effect among men with heart failure. In the new study, it was randomly tested among 36 women with heart failure via skin patches. The results were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, October 12 issue. During the testing, it was found that the hormone boosted women's muscle strength, and improved their tolerance for exercise. These said improvements is believed to play a role to determine the cause and outcome of chronic heart failure, and also the survival of female patients having this heart complication. The patients who got the hormonal treatment would have noticed a difference, said Ezekowitz.
The hormones used for the study were supplied by Proctor & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, while the whole study was funded by the Italian Ministry of Health. Testosterones could help boost size and strength of muscles for both men and women, however, the real question for this study is: Does testosterone have direct effects on the heart muscles? The answer is yet to be determined.
Aside from testosterone being an inexpensive drug, it does not have any major side effects (compared to other heart medications) when taken on low dosages. However, this study is not yet proven, and is not yet ready to be introduced to the public as an official alternative treatment for heart failure among men and women.