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Estrogen is a sex hormone that not only contributes to a woman's menstrual cycle and fertility, but also impacts bone, brain and heart health. New Mayo Clinic research about estrogen helps explain why a woman's blood pressure tends to rise after menopause. The goal is to maintain a blood pressure of 120/80 millimeters of mercury, but, for many women, that gets harder to do as they age.
In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Michael Joyner, a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist, explains the connection between estrogen and blood pressure levels in women.
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