Long-term anabolic steroid use may reduce the heart’s ability to pump blood and relax between beats and cause coronary artery disease, according to new research.

Anabolic-androgenic steroids mimic naturally occurring testosterone, a muscle-building hormone that promotes male sexual characteristics. Since illicit use of these steroids became widespread in the American general population in the 1980s, adverse long-term effects are becoming evident.

Link to full American Heart Association release on study co-authored by MGH investigator Aaron Baggish.