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HRT 'may cut heart attack risks'

Taking hormone replacement therapy during the menopause can reduce the risk of heart failure and heart attacks, according to a study. Researchers also say the drugs are not associated with increased risk of cancer or strokes.

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Key findings of the HRT study in Denmark

  • Researchers in Denmark examined 1,000 women who began the study when they were aged between 45 and 58.
  • Half of the group were given HRT which was started early after the menopause and the control group received no treatment.
  • The study found that after 10 years, 33 women in the control group had died or suffered heart failure or a heart attack compared with just 16 women who were given HRT.
  • 36 women in the HRT group were treated for cancer compared with 39 in the control group
  • 10 women in the HRT group were treated for breast cancer compared with 17 in the control group.
  • Eleven women in the HRT group were treated for stroke compared with 14 in the control group.

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