Women going through menopause often turn to hormone replacement therapy in order to alleviate common menopause symptoms such as hot flashes; however, hormone replacement therapy may also contribute to lower plaque buildup in the arteries of the heart and a lower risk of heart disease-related death for women.
Both men and women can develop heart disease and this is something that should be taken seriously, especially as you age. In fact, about 1 in every 3 female deaths each year in the US is caused by cardiovascular disease. Getting hormone therapy could protect you.
Before getting hormone replacement therapy you’ll want to come into our office for a full screening and evaluation to make sure that this treatment is right for you. There are many factors that determine whether hormone therapy is the best treatment option. The use of estrogen, sometimes in combination with progesterone or other hormones, may benefit women’s heart health in the long run and reduce the risk for atherosclerosis and death.
Estrogen is the number one hormone used for menopausal women and it also provides protection for the heart, improving blood flow through the blood vessels and arteries of the heart. Since heart disease rates greatly increase as women reach menopause it’s important that women talk to their doctors about the benefits of hormone replacement therapy. By replacing depleting estrogen through hormone therapy, our medical team can improve not just the menopausal symptoms you are experiencing but also your cardiovascular health.
Even if women are at a low risk for heart disease, getting hormone replacement therapy may still be beneficial for reducing hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. Your risk for heart disease is based on you and your family’s medical history, as well as your lifestyle. These are factors we will discuss with you when you come in for your consultation. If you are in early menopause and are experiencing severe hot flashes then hormone therapy may be the best approach for treating your symptoms.
Of course, hormone therapy isn’t right for all women. Women who’ve experienced a heart attack, have a history of blood clots or already have heart disease will not be right for hormone replacement therapy as the risks may outweigh the benefits.
If you are interested in getting hormone therapy to reduce symptoms of menopause while also promoting a healthy heart then call Preventive Health Medical Institute at (208) 813-9292 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ralph Sutherlin.