Dr. Hodis shares what research studies are being conducted in women's heart disease.
Probably the most important current studies ongoing are looking at the effects of hormones in younger women versus older women. The data very strongly indicate that women who start hormones, estrogen in particular, at the time of menopause and continue them for a very long time have reduction not only in heart attack, but also a reduction in overall mortality, so in other words they live longer. We need more studies to verify this finding, so we, as well as others, are doing studies in this specific area currently as we speak.
About Dr. Hodis, M.D.:
Dr. Howard N. Hodis is a professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, University of Southern California, Director of the Atherosclerosis Research Unit and has a Harry Bauer & Dorothy Bauer Rawlins Professorship in Cardiology. Graduating with a medical doctorate from USC School of Medicine, he is now a member of the American Heart Association Council on Arteriosclerosis, American College of Physicians, the American Federation for Clinical Research and Society for Preventive Cardiology. His clinical interests are in atherosclerosis, cardiology-lipid disorders and prevention, ultrasound measurement of atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease.
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