13th March 15:54
Doctors issue new HRT warning (stroke heart cancer)
Thanks to Gina for sending the following. . .Myrl
Doctors issue new HRT warning
By Rebecca Smith Health Correspondent, Evening Standard
7 January 2005
Fresh concerns were raised today over the safety of hormone replacement
therapy after it was found to increase the risk of stroke by almost a
The warning is the latest in a string of health scares over HRT.
A new review of trials involving over 40,000 women showed that HRT
increased the risk of a stroke by 29 per cent.
The treatment has also been associated with an increased risk of breast
cancer and heart attacks.
The researchers say women at high risk of stroke should consult their
They reviewed trials including a 2002 US study, involving almost 17,000
women over 50, which linked HRT with a 41 per cent greater risk of
The latest review, published online by the British Medical Journal,
links HRT with a particularly sharp increase in the risk of ischaemic
stroke, caused by an insufficient blood supply to the brain. Severity
also increased with HRT use.
Professor Bath said: "Longer-term use does seem to be a problem."
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