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Can hormone replacement therapy increase my risk for stroke?

The Women's Health Initiative found an increased risk of stroke among women who took either combined estrogen/progestin hormone therapy or estrogen-only therapy for menopause. The study also found an increased risk of blood clots from hormone therapy.

If you are considering hormone therapy to control menopausal symptoms, discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Using this therapy on a short-term basis to relieve troubling symptoms such as hot flashes is generally considered safe. If you have had an ischemic stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA) the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) guidelines do not recommend hormone therapy.

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