HRT linked to lower risk of death

A new study by investigators at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, California, US, has suggested that women who use hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopause symptoms face a lower risk of death as well as showing lower levels of atherosclerosis - which is plaque build-up in the arteries of the heart - compared to women who do not use hormone therapy.

Dr Daniel Berman, director of cardiac imaging at Cedars-Sinai and senior author on the study, said: “Over the past 15 years, fear of cancer and other risks has led to dramatically fewer women using hormone replacement therapy.

“This new study suggests that with proper screening and follow-up, therapy with supplemental estrogen or similar hormones may help improve heart health and overall survival in some women.”

The investigators analysed the health records of more than 4,200 women who received a coronary calcium scan at the medical centre over a 14-year period.

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