Post-Menopausal Heart Risks Rise After Hormone Therapy Ends
While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat menopause symptoms remains controversial, the cardiovascular benefits of estrogen therapy in postmenopausal women are generally acknowledged and accepted. But a new study supports earlier research suggesting the risk of heart attack and stroke actually increases in the first year after HRT is discontinued.
Results of the study, which involved more than 400,000 women in Finland without a prior history of heart problems, were published in Menopause. According to the researchers, discontinuation of hormone replacement therapy is associated with an increased risk for heart attack and stroke death in the first year after treatment in women under the age of 60.
If you’re considering hormone therapy, talk with your health care provider about the risks and benefits of starting and stopping the treatment.