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Arterial Plaque Significantly Reduced in Women Age 50-59 Taking,Hormones, Says New Analysis of Women's Health Initiative Data

e Journal of the American Medical Association, which found a 24 percent reduction in risk for coronary heart disease in women starting hormone therapy less than ten years after menopause. The JAMA study also found a 30 percent reduction in over-all deaths among women aged 50-59 using HT.

An earlier re-analysis of WHI data, summarized in articles in the Journal of Women's Health and the Archives of Internal Medicine in early 2006, also indicated that estrogen may be cardio-protective for younger women. The Women's Health Initiative was halted in July 2002 due to over-all elevated risks.

"These findings lend further support to the theory that estrogen may slow early stages of plaque build-up and lead to less 'hardening' of the arteries supplying blood flow to the heart," said Dr. JoAnn Manson, from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Dr. Manson is the lead physician who contributed to the "Estrogen Therapy and Coronary Artery Calcification" study. She is also the lead investigator for the KEEPS trial at the study center in Boston.

Interviews are available by the investigators at all nine KEEPS study centers:

    -- Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University/Montefiore

       Medical Center, Bronx, NY

    --  College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

    -- Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

    -- Kronos Longevity Research Institute, Phoenix, AZ

    -- Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN

    -- University of California-San Francisco/Center for Reproductive Health,

       San Francisco, CA

    -- University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT

    -- University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

    -- Yale University College of Medicine, New Haven, CT

CONTACT: Lisa Hanna, +1-202-466-9633, , forKronos Longevity Research Institute lisa@turnerstrategies.com

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