Medicine: Hormones for the Heart

Even without triparanol, men who have had heart attacks and are threatened with others can still have their cholesterol lowered by a drug — provided they are willing to put up with breast enlargement, loss of potency and other side effects from female sex hormones. Figuring that heart disease sufferers would not mind such symptoms if they also developed one more aspect of femininity — relative immunity from heart attacks until late in life — Chicago's Dr. Jeremiah Stamler and fellow researchers treated a group of patients with Premarin, a combination of estrogenic hormones.

Without such treatment, Dr. Stamler told a...

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