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How Estrogen Decreases Plaque Buildup that causes Heart Attacks

How Estrogen Decreases Plaque Buildup that causes Heart Attacks

When your heart pumps... Your blood vessels NEED to EXPAND. They expand by the elastic tissue that is inside the blood vessels and this elasticity is maintained by Estrogen. When the vessels can expand with each beat of the heart, your blood pressure remains low and normal. This benefit of Estrogen is why women have lower risk of heart disease than men. Our Estrogen helps maintain this elasticity.

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Can I take Hormones if I have an Autoimmune Condition?

Can I take Hormones if I have an Autoimmune Condition?

YES! BUT... There is a tad more to it than just the word YES, so here is exactly what you need to know.

There are over 100 different Autoimmune Conditions! They can be classified into different categories based on which parts of the body they effect. For instance, Autoimmune Conditions which effect the joints (the Rheumatologic System) include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis.

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