Hormone Therapy for Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Post-menopausal Women
Description of Resource:
Hormone therapy is used for controlling menopausal symptoms. It has also been used for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in post-menopausal women. This systematic review assessed the effects of using hormone therapy for 6 months or more in preventing cardiovascular disease. Nineteen randomized controlled trials were identified that compared oral hormone therapy with placebo. This review found no evidence that hormone therapy provides any protective effects. Rather, hormone therapy in post-menopausal women increased the risk of stroke and obstruction of a vein by a blood clot.