Hormone therapy in early menopause doesn’t protect against heart disease, study finds

July 28, 2014 10:15 PM

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Taking hormone therapy within the first few months or years of menopause offers women no protection against heart disease, a new clinical trial conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and elsewhere has found.

The 727 menopausal women in the study were randomly assigned to get a daily estrogen pill, an estrogen skin patch to wear, or a placebo, and after four years, all had the same minimal amount of plaque progression in their arteries -- considered an early sign of heart disease.

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