Heart Disease & Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone Replacement therapy is pretty common among the women, however, the therapy hasn’t yet got expected exposure. Apparently, more than 80% of the menopausal women experience the symptoms of hormone replacement and heart disease. Although just a quarter of them face severe symptoms, just a small number of menopausal women nowadays seek for Hormone Replace Therapy (HRT). And Klair Medical Group is one of the best places to get those therapies.

Typically, the symptoms of the menopause stay way longer than anticipated. Frequent menopausal vasomotor symptoms, including night sweats and hot flushes, persist in more than half of women for more than seven years. If we look for the main reasons behind that, they will be as follows:

  •  Smoking
  •  Obesity
  •  Diabetes
  •  High Blood Pressure
  •  Sedentary Lifestyle
  •  Elevated LDL (low-density lipoproteins) Cholesterol
  •  Low HDL (high-density lipoproteins)
  •  Family History of Heart Disease

HRT is undoubtedly one of the most effective treatments for the usual menopause-related symptoms. Since they are long-term health problems are related to the menopause, the risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, etc. get increased after the menopause. Hormone Replacement Therapy or HRT by Klair Medical group can put a positive impact on those health problems. You will get facilitated by various benefits while taking HRT from us including:

  •  Reduction in vasomotor symptoms
  •  Improvement in quality of life
  •  Improvement in mood changes
  •  Improvement of urogenital symptoms
  •  Reduction in osteoporosis risk
  •  Reduction in cardiovascular disease
  •  Colorectal cancer

Heart Disease
Regardless of race or ethnicity, heart disease isn’t just a man’s disease as it is the number one cause of death of women aged 25 and over in the US. The risk of cardiovascular disease increases once a woman reaches the age of 50 which is the age of natural menopause. Same goes for young women who have undergone surgical or early menopause, the risk is also high especially when it is combined with factors such as:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
  • Elevated LDL (low density lipoproteins) Cholesterol
  • Low HDL (high density lipoproteins)
  • Family History Of Heart Disease

The term menopause is commonly used to describe any of the changes, either before or after she stops menstruating, that a woman experiences. It is a normal stage in a woman’s life and as it nears, the ovaries gradually produce less estrogen causing changes in the menstrual cycle and other physical changes. Most common symptoms include:

  • Emotional Changes
  • Hot Flashes
  • Night Sweats
  • Changes in the vagina like dryness and atrophy or thinning of the vaginal walls

Menopause, technically, is the end of a woman’s reproductive cycle. It is when she has her last menstrual cycle and the ovaries no longer produce eggs. Usually, menopause occurs in women between ages 45 and 55. It can also occur if a woman goes through early menopause or if the ovaries are removed during surgery.

Here’s a list of reasons associating heart disease with menopause:

  • Estrogen helps protect a young woman’s body against heart disease.
  • Changes occur in the walls of the blood vessels, blood clots may form.
  • Changes in the level of lipids in the blood occur.
  • Increased levels of blood fibrinogen are related to heart disease and stroke.

Lower the risk of heart disease by:

  • Exercising
  • Losing Weight and/or Maintaining Ideal Weight
  • Avoiding or Quiting Smoking
  • Following a Diet in Saturated Fat
  • Treating and controlling medical conditions that are known risk factors for heart disease such as:
    • Diabetes
    • High Cholesterol
    • High Blood Pressure

Hormone Therapy
Hormone therapy is a treatment program in which a woman takes estrogen with or without progestin which is a synthetic form of progesterone. It’s benefits include:

  • Decreased Incidence Of Colon Cancer
  • Decreased Risk Of Osteoporosis And Fractures Or Broken Bones
  • Increased Elasticity Of The Blood Vessels
  • Improved Short-Term Symptoms Of Menopause
  • Possible Improvement Of Glucose Levels
  • Possible Decreased Incidence Of Alzheimer’s Disease

For most menopausal women, short-term hormone therapy is safe for symptom control. Although, it is important to make sure to review the health care provider’s clean medical history, just to be safe. Also, hormone therapy is not for everyone, especially those with:

  • Active Liver Disease
  • Gall Bladder Disease
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • History Of Prior Heart Attack Or Stroke, And/Or Increased Risk For Stroke
  • High Risk For Blood Clots Or a History Of Blood Clots
  • Unexplained Vaginal Bleeding Active Or Past Breast Cancer

In most cases, hormone therapy might have side effects like mood swings and breast tenderness but it does not require women to stop the treatment. For inquiries or if you want to know if this hormone therapy is right for you, please contact us.