Non-Hormonal Replacement Therapy Regimens: Do they have an Effect on Cardiovascular Risk?

Author(s): Evangelia Mareti*, Christina Ampatzi, Stavroula A. Paschou, Evangelia Voziki, Dimitrios G. Goulis

Journal Name: Current Vascular Pharmacology

Volume 17 , Issue 6 , 2019

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Introduction: Menopause is associated with adverse effects on quality of life of perimenopausal and post-menopausal women. It also has an impact on the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Hormonal treatments are the most effective medications for menopausal symptoms relief. Given the fact that hormonal treatments are contraindicated for many women, non-hormonal treatment, such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs), gabapentin, pregabalin, clonidine and phytoestrogens, constitute alternative treatments. Nevertheless, little is known about their effects on CVD risk.

Methods: PubMed, EMBASE and Cochrane Library were searched for the effects of non-hormonal treatment on CVD risk, blood pressure, heart rate, lipids and glucose concentrations, weight gain, cardiovascular events, stroke, mortality and morbidity.

Results: Phytoestrogens, pregabalin and gabapentin seem to have no adverse effects on the cardiovascular system. Phytoestrogens, in particular, seem to reduce CVD risk through many pathways. On the other hand, SSRIs and SNRIs, although effective in reducing menopausal vasomotor symptoms, should be cautiously administered to women with known CVD (e.g. with cardiac arrhythmias, atherosclerotic disease or stroke). As clonidine has been associated with cardiovascular adverse effects, it should be administered only in cases where blood pressure regulation is mandatory.

Conclusion: Further research is needed to produce definite conclusions regarding the cardiovascular safety of non-hormonal medications for menopausal symptoms relief.

Keywords: Menopause, non-hormonal therapy, cardiovascular disease, adverse effects, safety, women's health.

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