April 24, 2009 --Lowered HRT use has resulted in fewer heart attacks in women. That's the finding of a study in the journal Medical Care. The study found when hormone replacement therapy use decreased after 2002 there was also a drop in the rate of heart attacks among American women. But there was no decrease in the rate of strokes.
Researchers admit the lower rate of heart attacks may be due to better screening for heart disease risk factors and better awareness of women's heart attack symptoms by physicians.