Dr. Hodis shares how hormone replacement therapy affects heart disease.
Well, it appears that hormones, hormones in particular, protects the heart from problems such as heart attack. So women who are premenopausal or still have their intact ovaries with estrogen production tend to very rarely, if ever, have heart attacks. That becomes a problem after menopause when estrogen goes away. So replacing that hormone estrogen with a pill of estrogen actually can help prevent or slow down that risk of heart disease later in life.
About Dr. Hodis, M.D.:
Dr. Howard N. Hodis is a professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, University of Southern California, Director of the Atherosclerosis Research Unit and has a Harry Bauer & Dorothy Bauer Rawlins Professorship in Cardiology. Graduating with a medical doctorate from USC School of Medicine, he is now a member of the American Heart Association Council on Arteriosclerosis, American College of Physicians, the American Federation for Clinical Research and Society for Preventive Cardiology. His clinical interests are in atherosclerosis, cardiology-lipid disorders and prevention, ultrasound measurement of atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease.
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