Study Compares Two Estrogen Drugs
(Ivanhoe Newswire) –According to recent research, the oral hormone therapy conjugated equine estrogens (CEEs), which is used by women to relieve menopause symptoms, appears to be associated with increased risk for venous thrombosis (VT, blood clots) and possibly heart attack, but not ischemic stroke risk, when compared with the hormone therapy oral estradiol.
The study at the University of Washington, Seattle, included 384 postmenopausal women who were between the ages of 30 and 79, who were using oral hormone therapy. Researchers found that 68 women had incident of VT, 67 women had a heart attack, and 48 women had an ischemic stroke.
The study findings show a greater risk of VT associated with the use of CEEs compared with estradiol, an increased risk of heart attack that did not reach statistical significance and no increase in ischemic stroke risk.
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SOURCE: JAMA Internal Medicine, October 2013
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