Hormone Replacement Therapy May Boost Women’s Hearts
Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) during menopause appear to have changes in heart structure and function that may be associated with a lower risk of heart disease, suggest the results of a novel UK study. .
In a statement by his institution, he added that the results show HRT “is not associated with any adverse changes to the heart’s structure and function, and may be associated with some healthier heart characteristics.”
“For most menopausal women — especially those under the age of 60 — the benefits of taking HRT outweigh any potential risks.”
The research, published online March 8 in PLoS One, also indicates that the effect was more pronounced in older women, with the greatest benefit of HRT seen in women who were in their late 60s and older when their hearts were imaged.