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Louisiana Heart and Vascular

Interventional Cardiologists & Internal Medicine located in Covington, LA & Franklinton, LA

Testosterone often decreases with aging in men. In fact, low testosterone affects nearly 40% of men aged 45 and older. At Louisiana Heart and Vascular in Covington, Louisiana, board-certified interventional cardiologist Farhad Aduli, MD, FACC, offers testosterone replacement therapy to get your levels back on track and help you look and feel young again. Call the office to schedule an evaluation, or use the online booking feature today.

Testosterone Q & A

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is a male hormone that circulates within the body, enhancing male characteristics. For example, it causes a deeper voice, facial and body hair, and increases muscle mass and strength. Testosterone naturally declines with age, especially if you’re over 40. That’s why Louisiana Heart and Vascular offers hormone replacement therapy for low testosterone. 


What causes low testosterone?

Numerous factors can contribute to low testosterone, such as:

  • Stress
  • Being over 40
  • Medical conditions
  • Poor diet and exercise habits
  • Carrying excess body weight
  • Family history of low testosterone
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Unknown causes

Our providers work to find the root cause of low testosterone, whenever possible, to develop the most appropriate treatment. 

What are the symptoms of low testosterone?

The common symptoms associated with low testosterone include:

  • Reduced muscle mass
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • Increased body fat
  • Fatigue
  • Low sex drive 
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Decreased metabolism 

If these or other symptoms of low testosterone negatively affect your quality of life, see one of our providers for an evaluation.

How does my provider diagnose low testosterone?

A simple blood test at Louisiana Heart and Vascular determines if you have low testosterone or other hormone imbalances. Your provider uses a tiny needle to extract blood from a vein in your arm and sends it to a lab for analysis.

Our providers also review your medical history and symptoms, checks your vital signs, weighs you, and completes a physical exam. He discusses your lifestyle and preferences before personalizing a treatment plan.

How is low testosterone treated?

It’s helpful to adopt healthy habits at home, such as eating nutritious foods, taking dietary supplements if our providers recommend it, getting plenty of sleep, and keeping stress levels low. If you have a chronic disease, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes, properly manage the disease with lifestyle changes, medications, or both.

To find out if you have low testosterone and get treated for it, call the Louisiana Heart and Vascular office or use the online booking feature today.