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Study Of Menopausal Women With Heart Disease Finds No Benefit, Potential For Harm From Hormone Therapy And Antioxidant Vitamins

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November 20, 2002
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A study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health found that postmenopausal women with heart disease who took hormone therapy and high dose antioxidant vitamins — either alone or in combination with hormones — did not have fewer heart attacks, deaths, or progression of coronary disease. In fact, both treatments showed a potential for harm.

A study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health found that postmenopausal women with heart disease who took hormone therapy and high dose antioxidant vitamins — either alone or in combination with hormones — did not have fewer heart attacks, deaths, or progression of coronary disease. In fact, both treatments showed a potential for harm. Although the actual numbers of deaths in the study were small, participants taking both active hormones and vitamins had the highest death rate while participants on placebo versions of both treatments had the lowest death rate.


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NIH/National Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute. "Study Of Menopausal Women With Heart Disease Finds No Benefit, Potential For Harm From Hormone Therapy And Antioxidant Vitamins." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 20 November 2002. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/11/021120072036.htm>.
NIH/National Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute. (2002, November 20). Study Of Menopausal Women With Heart Disease Finds No Benefit, Potential For Harm From Hormone Therapy And Antioxidant Vitamins. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/11/021120072036.htm
NIH/National Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute. "Study Of Menopausal Women With Heart Disease Finds No Benefit, Potential For Harm From Hormone Therapy And Antioxidant Vitamins." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/11/021120072036.htm (accessed April 20, 2014).

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