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[The importance of hormone replacement therapy in primary and secondary cardiovascular prevention]

KANCZ Sándor

FEBRUARY 20, 2002

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2002;12(02)

[There has been increasing expectation in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as a potentially useful preventive intervention. Observational studies indicated 50% relative risk reduction on ischaemic heart disease among current HRT users. Unfortunately, this has not been justified by the results of the large scale, prospective, placebo controlled, double blind secondary prevention trials. Even these trials underscored the potential adverse effects of hormone replacement therapy (thromboembolic complications, gall bladder disease). No results of completed primary prevention trials are available for the moment. Based on these data the AHA/ACC Science Advisory of 2001 recommends: HRT should not be recommended for secondary prevention There are insufficient data to suggest that HRT should be initiated for the sole purpose of primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases.]

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