Hormone Therapy/ How Safe?

Published 07/29 2014 06:02PM

Updated 07/29 2014 06:04PM

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women and it becomes more of a problem after menopause. Some women fear hormone replacement therapy may increase their risk, but a new study suggests otherwise.

Researchers at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System studied more than 700 women, between the ages of 42 and 58, who were at low risk for heart disease. Some received hormone therapy by pill; others used a patch.

Results show that after four years, those receiving two low-dose menopausal hormone therapy regimens each month improved some heart disease risk factors.  Imaging also showed  that the hormone therapy did not affect the progression of hardening and narrowing of the arteries.
Researchers now hope to turn their sights to the long-term effects.

Complete findings for this study are in the journal "Annals of Internal Medicine."



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