Hormone Replacement Therapy Losing Support As A
Preventative Against Second Heart Attack For Women
A new study concludes that women who survive a first heart attack and start hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are not protected as first thought. In fact, these women may actually be at increased risk of suffering from another heart attack.
The study, conducted by Dr. Susan R. Heckbert from the Group Health
Cooperative at the University of Washington in Seattle, was an epidemiological study based on data from the past. The data was collected from 981 postmenopausal women, all of whom had recently suffered a first heart attack. It was published in The Archives of Internal Medicine.
During the three and a half years of the study, there were 186 more heart attacks. Dr. Heckbert concluded that there was "no difference in the risk of cardiac events between women who were current users of HRT and those who did not use HRT." In fact, there was an increase in the risk of heart attack in those women in their first two months of
Many doctors prescribe HRT as a means of preventing second heart attacks. (This approach is known as secondary prevention.)
Though HRT ceased to be a risk after the first two months of initiating it -- and was shown to lower heart attack risk by 25 percent in patients on HRT for a year or more -- the American Heart Association now recommends that "HRT not be initiated solely for its potential protective effects against cardiovascular disease."
See Also: Heart
Infocenter in Holisticonline.com