Women's Heart Advisor October 2012 Issue

Hormone Replacement Therapy and Heart Risks

More research and new recommendations add caution.

Throughout the last 60 years, women have turned to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to manage the symptoms of menopause. Yet, what was once touted as the elixir of youth in a tablet has been riddled with debate and concern as to the true benefits—and risks—it presents. Researchers who once believed that HRT treatment with either estrogen or an estrogen-progesterone combination in post-menopausal women would reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease have been presenting evidence against this theory in the last several years. Now, a recent study is mounting additional proof against its heart-health benefits.

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