Is BHRT Beneficial for Heart Health?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States.Furthermore, approximately 80% of women have at least one risk factor for heart disease, such as being over the age of 55, being overweight, or smoking.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has gained attention for its potential to alleviate hormonal imbalance symptoms. But could BHRT also be beneficial for heart health? In this blog, we will discuss the answer. 

BHRT vs. Synthetic Hormones

BHRT uses hormones that are structurally comparable to those the body naturally produces. Bioidentical hormones, as opposed to synthetic hormones, can provide a more organic and customized kind of hormone replacement treatment.

BHRT can minimize side effects and enhance efficacy. This personalized approach allows for tailored treatment plans that address individual hormonal needs.

Is BHRT Beneficial for Heart Health?

While BHRT primarily aims to alleviate symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances, emerging research suggests that it may also have potential benefits for heart health.

Estrogen is one of the hormones commonly addressed in BHRT. It also plays a significant role in cardiovascular health.2 Estrogen helps to maintain healthy blood vessel function, regulate cholesterol levels, and reduce inflammation within the cardiovascular system.

Some studies have indicated that hormone replacement therapy, including BHRT, may reduce the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes in certain populations.3 However, we must note that the evidence regarding BHRT’s specific impact on heart health is still evolving. Further research is needed to fully understand its long-term effects.

Additionally, the decision to undergo BHRT should be made based on a patient’s individual risk factors, medical history, and preferences.  

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BHRT holds promise as a therapeutic option for addressing hormonal imbalances and potentially supporting heart health. However, more research is needed to fully elucidate its effects on cardiovascular wellness.

Are you considering offering BHRT to your patients who have concerns about hormonal imbalances and are at risk of developing heart disease? If so, contact us today at (888) 773-9969 to learn more about our solutions and the benefits they can provide

1. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (US). Coronary Heart Disease: Women and Heart Disease [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; [updated 2023 Dec 20; cited 2024 May 6]. Available from: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/coronary-heart-disease/women

2. Knowlton A, Lee A. Estrogen and the cardiovascular system. Pharmacol Ther [Internet]. 2012;135(1):54-70. Available from: doi:10.1016/j.pharmthera.2012.03.007

3. Hodis H, Mack W. Menopausal hormone replacement therapy and reduction of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease: It is about time and timing. Cancer J [Internet]. 2022;28(3):208-223. Available from: doi:10.1097/PPO.0000000000000591

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