Study shows HRT can lower heart-attack risk

Women who take hormone replacement therapy for 10 years after the menopause have far less chance of suffering heart failure, heart attack, or of dying, research shows.

Post-menopausal women who do take the therapy run no extra risk of developing cancer, deep vein thrombosis or having a stroke, according to the study, which has reopened the debate about the pros and cons of HRT.

The authors of the findings, which come from the longest-running randomised intervention trial of HRT, hope to reduce anxiety about using the drugs.

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