Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hormone replacement use down in Canadian women

From the Toronto Sun:
Hormone replacement therapy use by older Canadian women has dropped dramatically since a major study published in 2002 linked HRT use to higher rates of heart attack and stroke, a study has found.

Analysis of data from five provinces shows that use among senior women dropped to five per cent in 2006-2007 from 14 per cent in 2001-2002.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information study, released Thursday, looked only at women 65 and older, and therefore reflects only a small part of the picture of what happened to HRT use in Canada in the wake of the publication of the Women’s Health Initiative study.

Hormone replacement therapy is generally prescribed for the symptoms of menopause, which women typically go through in their late 40s and early 50s. ...more

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