Lundberg, G, Wu, P and Wenger, N (2020) Menopausal Hormone Therapy- A Comprehensive Review. Current Atherosclerosis Reports, 22 (8). ISSN 1523-3804

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Purpose of Review
For decades the medical community recommended menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) for prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and osteoporosis in addition to relieving unpleasant vasomotor and genitourinary symptoms. These recommendations were largely based on observational studies. Several large randomized placebo-controlled trials led to the surprising finding that postmenopausal women were at higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events compared with women in the placebo group. For the next decade, women were less frequently prescribed MHT and more often declined MHT.

Recent Findings
Today, there are more evidence-based guidelines utilizing sex-specific ASCVD risk factors to assess risk in women. More recent studies have shed new light on safety and potential benefits for women initiating MHT earlier with newer options for route of administration, dosing, and combinations.

Recent studies suggest MHT safety in younger women, women within 10 years of menopause, and women who use low-dose MHT for short durations for menopause symptom relief. Transdermal, newer low-dose oral therapies and SERM therapies may also have lower risk and be reasonable considerations for women. Healthcare providers need to be aware of the current options for MHT, current indications, contraindications, long-term ASCVD risks, and nonhormonal options for high-risk women.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Menopause; Hormones; Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease; Cardiovascular risk; Safety
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > Physical medicine. Physical therapy. Including massage, exercise, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, phototherapy, radiotherapy, thermotherapy, electrotherapy
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Primary, Community and Social Care
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 28 May 2020 10:53
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2020 12:39

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