Is estrogen good for heart health?

I am postmenopausal; is it true that estrogen is good for my heart? 

This is a difficult question to answer, as estrogens have both positive and negative effects in postmenopausal women. Considerable research has suggested that estrogen is protective; however, recent studies have shed doubt on that conclusion, so this remains a controversial issue. There is some concern that prolonged use of estrogen may increase the risk of breast cancer.
It is known that estrogen can increase blood triglyceride levels in about 10 percent of susceptible women and this can increase the risk of a heart attack. Women on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) also have an increased blood clotting tendency. It is important to work with your doctor on this complex question, since the answer is not clear cut.


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