Understanding the controversy about hormonal replacement therapy: insights from estrogen effects on experimental and clinical atherosclerosis.

Abstract

Whereas hormonal replacement/menopause therapy (HRT) in post-menopausal women increases the coronary artery risk, epidemiological studies (protection in pre-menopaused women) suggest and experimental studies (prevention of the development of fatty streaks in animals) demonstrate a major atheroprotective action of estradiol (E2). The understanding of the… (More)

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