Hormones with statins may improve heart health

18 March 2015

Hormones, when combined with cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, can help protect post-menopausal women from heart disease and stroke, a new study has suggested.

Being published in the Menopause journal, the research was based on a Swedish population study and saw women take hormones and statins. They found that these female participants were at a significantly lower risk of dying of any cause and a moderately lower risk of dying of cardiovascular disease.

Using the national Swedish health registers, the team looked at 40,000 women who took statins and compared them to death records and cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke. It found 3,000 women who also used hormone therapy and some 38,000 who did not. 

Most of the women (70 per cent) were on statins for primary prevention of heart disease, while the others were prescribed them for secondary prevention.

The team found that, although there was no difference in the rates of cardiovascular events, the rates of death from heart disease were lower in women who used both therapies.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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