No heart risk from hormones taken near menopause

2:35pm, April 24, 2007

Contrary to some earlier indications, hormone replacement therapy might not impart heart risks to women who take it during their 50s.

Studies over the past 2 decades have produced mixed findings on whether estrogen—alone or in combination with progestin—is good, bad, or neutral for postmenopausal women who take it to ward off hot flashes and night sweats (SN: 4/15/06, p. 228: Available to subscribers at Estrogen Safety: Studies raise cancer, blood clot questions; 5/31/03, p. 341: Available to subscribers at Flawed Therapy: Hormone replacement takes more hits).

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