HRT 'cuts cardiovascular death risk'

Taking HRT appears to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death, say US researchers in findings that contradict the controversial results of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study.

The likelihood of a major cardiovascular event was 33 per cent lower in women taking HRT after a natural menopause than those who took no HRT.

In 2000, the value of HRT was brought into question by the US WHI study, which was terminated early after women were found to have an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and breast cancer after taking HRT.

Since the findings were published, the consensus has been to only prescribe HRT for a short time.

But now data presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) scientific sessions in Orlando, Florida, suggests that rather than create cardiovascular risk, HRT may prevent it.

More details on the Scientific Sessions 2007 website

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