Study examines worries over heart risks with hormone therapy

Women who recently completed menopause showed no change in key indicators of cardiovascular disease including coronary calcium and arterial plaque when treated with an estrogen patch or oral estrogen, according to a new study that follows 2002 research suggesting the treatment raises heart attack and stroke risk. Women using the patch showed improved insulin sensitivity, while those taking pills experienced an improved cholesterol profile. Both types of estrogen were associated with reduced hot flashes, although the pill was associated with increased triglyceride levels, researchers said.

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