Preserved forearm endothelial responses with acute exposure to progesterone: A randomized cross-over trial of 17-β estradiol, progesterone, and 17-β estradiol with progesterone in healthy menopausal women

Kieren J. Mather, Eric G. Norman, Jerilynn C. Prior, Thomas G. Elliott

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Abstract

Regularly menstruating women are relatively protected from cardiovascular disease. Epidemiological and endothelial function studies attribute this protection to estradiol (E2), but both progesterone (P) and E2 are normally present. A range of vascular effects of added progestins have been described, from neutral to detrimental, but the effects of P per se on endothelial function in humans have not been reported. We therefore investigated the acute effects of E2, P, and E2 combined with P, on endothelium-dependent and -independent forearm blood flow responses. Using venous occlusion plethysmography, forearm blood flow (FBF) was measured during acute brachial artery infusions, achieving physiologic levels of 17-β-E2, P, and 17-β-E2 with P in healthy menopausal women with no cardiovascular disease risk factors. Vehicle or hormones were infused, in random order, on 4 days, 1 week apart. Flow responses were measured during coinfusions of hormone with the endothelium-dependent vasodilator acetylcholine and the endothelium-independent vasodilator sodium nitroprusside. Twenty-seven healthy menopausal women were studied, and all had normal baseline endothelial responses. Small (∼15%), statistically nonsignificant increases in endothelium-dependent flow responses were seen after all acute hormone treatments. No impairment in response was seen with P alone or in combination with 17-β-E2. In healthy menopausal women without cardiovascular disease risk factors and without baseline defects in endothelial function, acute exposure to physiologic levels of 17-β-E2, P, and 17-β-E2 with P produced equivalent endothelium-dependent responses. These data suggest that P does not have detrimental vascular effects in humans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4644-4649
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Volume85
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical

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