2009-06-16 Cholesterol indicates if HRT would be heart-safe


(Reuters Health) - For women going through menopause and considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT), their cholesterol levels can indicate the likely risk to their heart health, researchers report.

"Because studies on hormone therapy have shown that they may increase heart attacks and strokes, many women have been reluctant to use this treatment," Dr. Paul F. Bray, from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, said in a statement. "We found that a simple and widely used blood test may be useful to advise women if they are at an increased risk of a heart attack while undergoing hormone therapy."(Read entire article)