Hormone replacement therapy can help women with heart diseases

25 Nov 2012, 23:00
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Hormone replacement therapy

Recently, scientist have found out that hormone therapy (HRT), apart from its obvious effects on women's health can help to cope with heart problems. A new research conducted in Denmark proves that HRT might protect females during menopause from certain types of heart diseases. What is prominent here is that such sort of a treatment poses no threats to organism in general.


The article was published in British Medical Journal recently. The main reason behind the study was to test so-called timing hypotheses.


It is unanimously agreed that hormone replacement therapy, which includes both of reproductive system hormones, progesterone and estrogen, are likely to raise the possibility of heart attacks, strokes, cancer and other diseases, as well as dementia.


However, until recent it has been unclear if there is a chance of lowering risks connected with HRT around the time of menopause.


Despite the fact that results of the research have presented some previously unknown opportunities of hormone treatment, professionals suggests that such sort of a discovery doesn't make any difference for women during menopause.


“This trial is not a trial that’s going to change how we prescribe hormone replacement therapy. This isn’t going to change practice. There are issues about this trial,” says Suzanne Steinbaum, MD, director of Women and Heart Disease at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.


This, however doesn't mean that result of a study is useless. As Steinbaum says, aforementioned research might help to make a breakthrough in the field of menopause and connected diseases.


“Women who are symptomatic with hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, mood swings, difficulty concentrating, who are recently menopausal, these women actually might benefit from HRT. Not just for symptom relief, but for preventing heart attacks and deaths,” Steinbaum says.


A study of HRT effectiveness conducted in Denmark was aimed to find out how hormone therapy works for young women with quite the same problem as women during menopause. 1,006 women have been split into two groups. The first one received a HRT treatment, while the second was left without therapy. All the participants were near menopause as well as their last MP(menstrual period).


Research were planning to run the study for 20 years. However crucial findings have been made during the first 10 years, when WHI – Women's Health Initiative found that combined hormone therapy is extremely dangerous for women's health and might cause a set of heart diseases - strokes, blood clots in lungs and legs, as well as breast cancer.


Because of this results, researchers from Denmark decided to stop the study and recommends participants to stop taking hormones. However, they carried on to analyze the women's health for about six years afterwards


It is intersting to note that the Danish wome who took HTR were less likely to die or get a heart attack over the study.

There were no meaningful differences in strokes, dangerous blood clots, or cancers between the two groups.


“I think this is a breakthrough in the sense that this is what most doctors in the field have believed is the truth,” says researcher Louise Schierbeck, MD, an endocrinologist at Hvidovre Hospital in Denmark.

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