10 October 2012
Women can reduce their risk of suffering from heart problems if they pursue hormone replacement therapy (HRT), new research suggests.
A study published in the journal BMJ analysed 1,000 females over a ten-year period, half of which had undertaken HRT.
The women in the research were aged between 45 and 58 years old and recently menopausal, with results highlighting that just 16 participants who had opted for HRT suffered or died from heart failure or a heart attack.
In comparison, 33 women in the study group who chose not to pursue the therapy had suffered from some form of heart problems over the ten-year study period.
"HRT had significantly reduced risk of mortality, heart failure, or heart attack, without any apparent increase of cancer, deep vein thrombosis or stroke," the authors of the research paper commented.
The Department for Health responded to the study by stating that the benefits outweigh the risks where HRT is concerned on a short-term basis, but a GP's advice should be sought if women are planning to pursue the therapy for more than ten years.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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