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A  Cochrane Library review involving Oxford University researchers shows that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does not protect post-menopausal women against cardiovascular disease, and may even cause an increased risk of stroke.

Study author Dr Henry Boardman from the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine said  'Hormone therapy remains a valid treatment option for women who are significantly troubled by menopausal symptoms, however the risks and benefits of such treatment vary according to age and medical history. Discussion with your GP is recommended when considering treatment.'

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