Navigation Links
Low-Dose HRT Patch May Lessen Stroke Risk
Date:6/4/2010

Study suggests that patches offer better odds than hormone therapy in pill form,,

FRIDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- Getting low-dose hormone replacement therapy through a skin patch may reduce a woman's risk for stroke, but high-dose patches could actually raise the risk, a new study suggests.

Many women take hormone therapy to treat menopausal symptoms, but some studies have linked the treatment to an increased risk for stroke.

For the new study, researchers reviewed a British database of medical records from 1987 and 2006, focusing on 15,710 cases in which a woman between the ages of 50 and 79 had a stroke. They compared the women with 59,958 other women.

Women who used low-dose patches were at no greater risk for stroke than were women who didn't use patches, the study found, but use of high-dose patches upped the odds of stroke by 88 percent. Taking hormone therapy orally, meanwhile, increased the risk by 25 to 30 percent, compared with the risk for women who didn't take hormone replacement in pill form. Dosage and formulation -- whether the oral therapy was estrogen alone or in combination with progesterone -- were found to have no bearing on the results.

Taking hormone replacement pills for less than a year did not boost risk for stroke, according to the study, but the risk rose by 35 percent for women who took the pills for longer than a year.

The study authors cautioned that their research alone doesn't definitively prove that patches are healthier than pills.

The findings were published online June 4 in BMJ.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more on hormone replacement therapy.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: BMJ, news release, June 3, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Low-Dose Platelet Transfusions Deemed Safe
2. NIH takes step to assess any possible risk associated with low-dose radiation exposure
3. TheBookPatch.com Launches: Writers Have Free Online Destination with Myriad Tools; Users Can Print One Book at a Time
4. Using Nicotine Patch Longer Boosts Efforts to Quit
5. More smokers kick the habit with extended nicotine patch therapy, Penn research shows
6. Mastery of physical goals lessens disease-related depression and fatigue
7. Age is a factor in choosing between two comparable stroke-prevention procedures
8. Ultrasound Helps Spot Stroke Risk in Symptomless Patients
9. Too Many Stroke Patients Go Without Statins
10. Landmark Clinical Trial Shows Surgery and Stenting Equally Safe and Effective at Preventing Stroke
11. Surgery, Stenting Fare Equally Well in Preventing Stroke
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... Amir Qureshi, MD is ... powerfully versatile, patient-centric spinal cord stimulation system. The Nuvectra™ Algovita SCS System has been ... pleased to be the first in Arkansas to introduce the most powerful SCS system ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... On May 24, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) ... House on May 4, would result in 23 million Americans losing their health insurance ... 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). , “It is clear from ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... 26, 2017 , ... Dr. Alex Rabinovich, a highly-skilled oral surgeon specializing in ... post on insurance options. If a Bay Area patient has to search for a ... money. Visiting an in-network provider for a second opinion can ensure a patient receives ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 , ... “Cactus Jack: ... had on so many others. “Cactus Jack: Against All Odds” is the creation ... Walter D. Hubbard is married to Jack Carlisle’s third child Jane. Walter. ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... Altec Products, ... in nVerge 2017 – a one-day technology conference in San Diego, CA. , ... which allows users to fully utilize and enhance their Sage ERP solutions by providing ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/10/2017)... Global Health Intelligence (GHI), the leading healthcare data ... its 2017 ranking of the Best-Equipped Hospitals in Latin ... from GHI,s hospitals database for Latin America , which ... GHI database covers 86% of the hospitals in ... for each institution in key areas such as beds, medical ...
(Date:5/10/2017)... 2017 CSSi, the global leader in patient ... industry, is proud to announce the launch of its ... features both enriched content and a customized layout that ... company,s already well-established position as the top global patient ... many months of hard work, we are delighted to ...
(Date:5/9/2017)... , May 9, 2017  Oramed Pharmaceuticals ... ), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the ... that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has granted ... Oral Administration of Exenatide". The patent covers Oramed,s ... GLP-1 is an incretin hormone that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: