It would be true to say that for every study that claims benefits for hormone replacement therapy (HRT), there is another that says it isn’t beneficial. There are host of reasons why this might be the case and this is not really the place to have this debate – suffice it to say that the latest information from the 49th Annual Meeting of the American College of Cardiology, which was presented in March this year has stated that the claims that HRT can be beneficial to the heart may have been overstated. Continue reading Latest ‘news’ about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and the heart
Researchers in the United States have found that women who have a hysterectomy that also removes the ovaries have a reduced risk of developing ovarian cancer, other cancers, and heart disease. Surprisingly, the rate of hip fractures (due to osteoporosis – an expected risk of ovarian removal) did not increase either.
The data comes from the Women’s Health Initiative study of over 25,000 women who had a hysterectomy were post-menopausal, aged over 50 and under 79 and who did not have a family history of ovarian cancer. 56% of the women had their ovaries removed and 79% had taken HRT.
The women were followed for between five and seven years and were monitored for ovarian cancer, heart disease and hip fractures. Ovarian cancer was found in one in 300 women of the women that just had the removal of the uterus (a hysterectomy), however those who had their ovaries removed as well, found that the risk reduced to one in 500. However, other studies have shown the opposite effect, at the end of the day it will need more investigation.
Until recently, studies have indicated that hormone replacement therapy was successful in protecting a woman against heart disease. Continue reading HRT and heart disease
According to researchers who studied the effects of HRT on 5,692 women, HRT really is as bad as the most recent research has been suggesting – but it seems that it is worse for older women. Continue reading More on HRT
Although it has been long known that fish oil can significantly reduce a mans risk of contracting heart disease, it is only through a recent study that the same can be said for women. Continue reading Pass me the kippers
Diets high in soya protein have been linked not only to a reduction in menopausal symptoms, but also to a reduced risk of heart disease. Continue reading Soy good
Each year more than a million operations are complicated by heart attacks and death from cardiac causes. As most surgery is elective these days then it pays to be cautious. There are a number of risk factors that should be taken into account: Continue reading Elective Surgery Risks for Heart
According to some new evidence not all alcohol is created equal when it comes to protecting your heart. Dutch researchers have found that spirits and red wine caused a rise in homocysteine levels, which have been associated with a greater risk of heart disease. There was no recorded increase when participants consumed beer. Continue reading Try Beer instead of Red Wine for your heart
Researchers in North Carolina conducted a study on 4,500 people and have shown that the symptoms of depression are an independent risk factor for coronary heart disease in older people Continue reading Depression and Heart Disease Link
Researchers in Boston tracked over 22,000 men, who had shown no history of heart disease, for a period of 17 years. They found that those that had high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood, such as those in fatty fish, were less likely to suffer sudden death. Continue reading Fatty fish is good for you