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Hormones do not guard against heart failure

The previous research evidence that HRT could reduce risk of heart attack in post menopausal women has been reversed by a recent study of 1000 women of ages 50 to 69 conducted by the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.The aim of the study was to determine whether a combination// of oestrogen and progesterone reduced the risk of future heart attack in post menopausal women who had already sufferd a previous attack.

A daily dose of HRT or a placebo was given to these women and the frequency of a recurrent heart attack or cardiac death over that period was studied. It was reported that there was no significant difference, either in the number of women who suffered another heart attack or in the number of women who died because of a heart attack, between the two groups.

Researchers therefore concluded that HRT does not reduce the overall risk of future cardiac problems in women who have suffered a heart attack.


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