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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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