Harvard Study Links Hormone Therapy Drugs to Strokes

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Harvard Study Links Hormone Therapy Drugs to Strokes

A recent Harvard School of Public Health study shows that women who used estrogen hormone therapy
had a 40% higher risk of suffering from a stroke than those who did not use a hormone therapy –
confirming the results of a previous study that showed similar results.

Details of the study

The study, conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and published in the American
Medical Association’s Archives of Internal Medicine, analyzed data from over 121,000 women
(described as younger, recently menopausal and older women ages 30 – 55) from a Nurses’ Health
Study that began in 1976 and completed in 2004. The results showed that:

Women who used estrogen hormone therapy had a 40 percent higher risk of suffering from a
stroke than women who did not use hormone therapy drugs.

Women who used a combination of estrogen and progestin hormone therapy had an additional 27
percent higher risk of suffering from a stroke.

Results mirror previous study

A previous study conducted by the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) looked at the hormone therapy
drugs Prempro and Premarin, both manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Researchers studied over
15,000 women and found 24% more cancers among women who took these hormone replacement therapy
drugs versus a placebo. However, that study was never officially completed due to increased risks
of heart disease, stroke and breast cancer.

100,000 plus victims

Bryan Aylstock, a Florida attorney whose firm protects the rights of consumers who are
seriously injured due to hormone replacement therapy drugs, says that the potential victims that
have been causally diagnosed with breast cancer related to their hormone replacement therapy is
staggering – probably in excess of 100,000. However, the number of cases actually filed is only
around 5,000. He explained why, “There’s a large population of people out there who still
probably don’t know that their use of this combination hormone replacement therapy could have
caused their breast cancer. I think it’s important for them to know that fact.”

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the use a hormone replacement therapy drug,
contact an attorney to discuss your situation. The consultation is free, without obligation and
strictly confidential. To contact a qualified attorney whose practice focuses in this area of the
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