estrogen with or without
progestin does not prevent coronary artery disease. In
fact, if you are 10 or more years past menopause, taking
hormone therapy may raise your risk of coronary artery
disease.1 Talk to your doctor about your
risks with hormone therapy. And carefully weigh the
benefits against the risks of taking it. If you need
relief for symptoms of menopause, hormone therapy is one choice you can think
about. But there are other types of treatment for problems like hot flashes and
When it comes to the heart’s health, there are some things you can’t control -- like getting older, or having a parent with heart disease. But there are many more things you can do to lower the chances of sabotaging your ticker.
“An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure in this instance,” says Gregg Fonarow, MD, an American Heart Association spokesman and associate chief of UCLA's division of cardiology.
To help your heart keep on keeping on, here are 10 things not to do.
If you have risk factors for heart disease, you already have heart disease, or you have had a stroke, take steps to reduce your
risk factors by quitting smoking if you're a smoker, exercising regularly,
controlling your blood pressure, and keeping your cholesterol low with a
healthy diet and a cholesterol-lowering (statin) medicine, if needed.
Talk to your doctor to find out whether a daily low-dose aspirin is right
For more information about heart disease, risk factors,
prevention, and treatment, see the topic Coronary Artery Disease.
Rossouw JE, et al. (2007). Postmenopausal hormone
therapy and risk of cardiovascular disease by age and years since menopause.
JAMA, 297(13): 1465-1477.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
May 4, 2010
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May 04, 2010
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