What is the Women’s Health Initiative?
Dr. Nieca Goldberg
Sure, five years ago, results of the very important Women’s Health Initiative were released. The Women’s Health Initiative was a large research study where the role of estrogen and the combination of estrogen and progesterone, synthetic forms of the drug, were evaluated on a variety of chronic, on the prevention, whether or not they prevented a variety of chronic diseases, like heart disease, colon cancer and blood pressure, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and what the researchers found is that the hormone therapy did not reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
In fact, the estrogen portion of the study shows that there was a slightly increased risk for stroke.