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Hormone Replacement Therapy and Heart Disease

Women have a lower risk of heart disease before menopause than men do. But as women age, their estrogen levels decline and their risk of heart disease increases. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a combination of synthetic hormones that imitate natural hormones in the body. HRT is most commonly used to treat symptoms of menopause and is also used to prevent diseases such as osteoporosis and heart disease in women. In this therapy a combination of synthetic estrogen and progesterone are taken to replace, or elevate a woman's decreasing hormone levels during and after menopause.