The effect of oophorectomy and estrogen replacement therapy on Doppler derived parameters of aortic flow

Amos Pines, Yair Frenkel, Enrique Z. Fisman, Alexander Tenenbaum, Daniel Ayalon, Ayala Lusky, Yoram Wolf

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Objectives: The immediate consequences of surgical castration and estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) on left ventricular systolic performance as assessed by Doppler-derived parameters of aortic flow were examined. Methods: A follow up study comprising two groups: eight premenopausal women who underwent hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy and started ERT 1 week after surgery - the study group, and a control group consisted of eight premenopausal women who did not start ERT following hysterectomy. Doppler echocardiography was performed before surgery, 1 week and 1 month post surgery. Results: In both groups significant increase in heart rate was observed after 1 week, remaining high after 1 month in the control group only. The early post-operative period in all women was characterized by an increase in aortic flow velocity, but was statistically significant in the study group only. After initiation of ERT a significant decrease in peak flow velocity (PFV) and mean acceleration (MA) was recorded. Conclusions: Changes in estradiol level may be associated with alterations in left ventricular function. The initial and acute effect of estrogen on the heart muscle after surgical castration is towards a decrease in Doppler-derived parameters of aortic flow. Whether these effects represent a depression of left ventricular function, or alternatively, reflect peripheral vasculature reactivity, requires further evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-128
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - 29 Dec 2000


  • Aortic flow
  • Bilateral oophorectomy
  • Estrogen replacement therapy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Surgical castration


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