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Steroid use increases heart attack risk

20th February 2006

The use of anabolic steroids can contribute considerably towards an increased risk of both heart disease and liver damage, according to a new study.

Dr Carl Grunfeld from the San Francisco Medical Center undertook a 12-week study on men taking anabolic steroids to assist with their HIV wasting disease.

Although steroids can often have a beneficial effect for those people suffering from a severe disease like HIV which causes muscle wastage, Dr Grunfeld said the results have serious implications for athletes who take steroids for performance reasons.

The study assigned a sample size of 262 men different daily doses of anabolic steroids over a 12-week period and will be published in the March 2006 issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Dr Grunfeld said: “The biggest use of these steroids today is among body builders and athletes, who take these drugs to build muscle, but who could wind up with significantly damaged hearts and livers.

“HDL plummets. LDL goes up. This predisposes people to an increased risk of heart attack.”

Based on the results of the 12-week study, Dr Grunfeld estimates that the risk of heart attack would be increased by 58 per cent among men taking 20 milligrams of steroids a day, two-fold with a 40 milligram daily dose and three-fold with 80 milligrams.

He added that if smoking or hypertension was combined in the equation, then the risk of heart disease shoots up once again.

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