- * My ApoE4 status
* Dr. Bredesen's recommendations that I take progesterone and estradiol (for the latter, ideally around 80 pg/mL)
* My coronary calcium score, which was determined to be 365 in August of this year through an EBT scan. This is in the 99 percentile for my age and gender. I'm 56. So not good..
* Recent blood work showing my hormone levels
I was officially in menopause in April of this year. I'm currently taking 100 mg natural progesterone at bedtime. I've not started taking any estradiol, but I want to. Of course, I don't want to be stupid about it.
On 11/15/16, my progesterone was at 5.1 ng/mL. My estradiol was at 15.7 pg/mL.
I'm pretty sure this GYN only deals with the non-bioidential hormone replacement, but I should have asked. (I'm sleep deprived and should have written down my questions beforehand.) She said that I can continue with the progesterone. However, with my coronary calcium score, she could not prescribe estrogen for me. She said I'm in a tricky situation with being at high risk for both Alzheimer's and CVD. She said I could have a heart attack or a stroke while on estrogen because it helps to clot the blood. In fact, she said, when people have a nosebleed, a common treatment is to squirt estrogen into the nose to stop the bleeding.
Is this risk of heart attack and stroke the same with bioidentical estradiol? Has anyone else been in this dilemma? If so, what did you decide to do?
Why can't any of this be easy?