The 3 Week Diet

HRT May Reduce Heart Attacks in Menopausal Women

For many years, women who were menopausal have elected not to take hormone replacement therapy, or HRT because of the known correlation between HRT and increased incidences of heart disease and certain types of cancer, including breast cancer. In addition, many physicians have stopped prescribing hormones to women because of this risk.

A new study, released by Danish researchers, has found that HRT may actually decrease the chances of younger women developing heart disease, without increasing a woman’s chances of developing certain cancers or blood clots. This study was conducted over a period of 10 years, and included a group of 1000 women. The study is showing that these women were half as likely as women who did not take HRT to develop heart disease. In addition, the women who took the HRT are still seeing a 40 percent reduction in the heart disease just six years after the HRT was stopped.

Dr. Louise Schierbeck, author of the study and physician at Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen conducted this study while she was employed at the Hvidovre Hospital, which is also located in Copenhagen. Women who participated in this study were between the ages of 45 and 58 and were either menopausal or perimenopausal with symptoms of hot flashes and insomnia.

A similar study conducted by the World Health Initiative was stopped in 2002 because of the women participants were experiencing increased incidences of heart attack, heart disease, breast cancer and death. These results were published in 2002 when the study by the WHI was ceased.

Schierbeck has commented on the conflicting results, claiming the results likely varied because of the age at which these women were when given the hormones. Other attributions considered are the age at which the women went through menopause and how long women had been menopausal prior to receiving HRT.

Aside from the age difference, women in Schierbeck’s study were, on average 14 years younger than those in the previous study conducted by the WHI, the type of estrogen used in the latter study was formulated differently than estrogen in previous years. It has been determined that the combination of estrogen and progestin is what causes heart disease and increased incidences of breast cancer.

The WHI also conducted a study of women below the age of 60 and HRT. This study found that women under 60 had less heart disease and breast cancer, but the study was deemed “not statistically significant.”

Physicians like Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum are relieved at the latest study results, but claim that this information is not enough for them to prescribe HRT again to all of their patients. Determining which patients will receive the greatest heart benefits remains to be seen. Once this group has been discovered, physicians and menopausal women everywhere may begin to rest comfortably once again.

Written By: Lillian Sanders. Lillian is a freelance writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing articles on health and wellness. Aside from writing, Lillian works with a drug rehabilitation program helping people struggling with addiction.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Tags: , , ,

Category: Women's Health

About the Author ()

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *