Menopausal hormone therapy, used to treat hot flashes, sleep disturbances and vaginal dryness, may also have the potential to lower risk of heart failure, say researchers, led by one of Indian origin. The study found that menopausal hormone therapy caused significantly smaller change in the structure and function of left ventricle and left arterial chamber in the human heart. This has been linked to favourable cardiovascular outcomes, including lower mortality and risk of heart failure. “This is the first study to look at the relationship between the use of menopausal hormone therapy and subtle changes in the structure and function of the heart, which can be predictors of future heart problems,” said Mihir Sanghvi, research fellow at the Queen Mary University of London. Importantly, the use of hormone therapy was not associated with adverse changes in cardiac structure and function.