Cardioprotective effects of ovarian hormones

G. M C Rosano, S. L. Chierchia, F. Leonardo, C. M. Beale, P. Collins

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This paper reviews the evidence regarding the cardioprotective effects of oestrogen replacement therapy in postmenopausal women. Oestrogens have been shown to improve serum lipid profiles, carbohydrate metabolism, and insulin sensitivity; prevent the formation and development of atherosclerotic plaque; reduce blood pressure and plasma fibrinogen levels; and favourably affect overall cardiac function. Thus, oestrogen replacement therapy may prevent or inhibit the progression of existing coronary disease, and may also have a protective effect against acute cardiovascular and cerebrovascular ischaemic events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-19
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Heart Journal
Issue numberSUPPL. D
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • Atherosclerosis
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Ischaemia
  • Oestrogen replacement therapy
  • Postmenopausal women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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