Myth: HRT Can Prevent Heart Disease
Truth: “If you’re going through menopause, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) doesn’t prevent heart disease,” says Dr. Turek. Both the Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study (HERS) and the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) concluded that HRT doesn’t offer any reduction in heart disease risk, and it should only be used to manage hormonal menopausal systems. If you’re menopausal and wish to lower your heart disease risk factors, there are steps you can take: don’t smoke, maintain a normal weight, get moderate exercise, and enjoy a well-rounded healthy diet. “And if you have hypertension or diabetes [two conditions that can increase your heart disease risk], they can be treated with exercise, diet, and medications,” says Dr. Turek.