HRT and Menopause: Do Hormones Lower the Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease

by Laura Ramirez on July 6, 2011

In recent years, the words:ᅠHRT and menopausehave had a negative association in the press due to increased risk of ovarian and breast cancers, but does hormone replacement therapy actually have some benefits? New research shows that menopausal women who take HRT have a lowered risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD). Of course we’re not talking about causation here, so don’t rush to your gynecologist and ask for a prescription for synthetic hormones if you’re not currently taking them. Although a correlation has been found, it’s important to weigh the risks and ask your doctor to carefully consider the research.

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HRT and menopause - synthetic hormones pay lower risk of peripheral artery disease

By MONIFA THOMAS Staff Reporter/mjthomas@suntimes.com June 16, 2011 7:58PM Women given hormone-replacement therapy to ease symptoms of menopause may be less likely to develop an artery disease strongly linked to heart attacks and stroke,
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Although this study shows a link between hormone replacement therapy and lowered risk of peripheral artery disease, the jury is still out on this one. As always, consult your doctor and point him to this research if he is unaware of it, so together, you can make a joint decision about what would be most beneficial in your case. When it comes to HRT and menopause, you want to make informed decisions before taking medicine that might create other side effects.

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