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HRT may have positive effects on heart structure, study finds

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 09 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1119
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Menopausal hormone therapy does not seem to have any adverse effect on the structure and function of the heart, and may have a positive effect, according to new research published in PLOS One.1

The effect of menopausal hormone therapy, previously known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), on cardiovascular health in post-menopausal women remains controversial and unclear. Extensive observational data had suggested menopausal hormone therapy was cardioprotective, leading to it being routinely prescribed for primary and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease. However, subsequent data from the Women’s Health Initiative and elsewhere have cast …

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