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La terapia hormonal de reemplazo y la prevención cardiovascular en la menopausia.: Principales estudios realizados y sus resultados Translated title: Replacement hormone therapy and cardiovascular prevention in the menopause: Main studies conducted and their results

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      Siempre ha sido señalada la influencia del hipoestronismo como factor de riesgo en el aparato cardiovascular en la mujer en la etapa del climaterio y la menopausia; sin embargo, existen diferencias importantes en las investigaciones observacionales realizados en la década de los años 80 y primera mitad de los 90 del pasado siglo, que resaltaban la protección de la terapia hormonal sobre el sistema cardiovascular y las investigaciones que se han hecho a partir de 1998 hasta la fecha, cuyos resultados han señalado que la terapia hormonal no solamente no protege el aparato cardiovascular, sino que puede tener un efecto negativo sobre el mismo, lo que ha sembrado muchas dudas ante esas diferencias.

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      The influence of hypoestrogenism has always been considered as a risk factor in the cardiovascular system of women during the climacteric and menopause; however, there exist important differences between the observational researches made during the 80's and the first half of the 90's of the last century that stressed the protection of replacement hormone therapy on the cardiovascular system, and the researches carried out from 1998 on up to now that show that hormone therapy does not protect the cardiovascular system and may have a negative effect on it. These differences have sown many doubts so far.

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        The Heart and Estrogen/progestin Replacement Study (HERS) found no overall reduction in risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) events among postmenopausal women with CHD. However, in the hormone group, findings did suggest a higher risk of CHD events during the first year, and a decreased risk during years 3 to 5. To determine if the risk reduction observed in the later years of HERS persisted and resulted in an overall reduced risk of CHD events with additional years of follow-up. Randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled trial of 4.1 years' duration (HERS) and subsequent unblinded follow-up for 2.7 years (HERS II) conducted at outpatient and community settings at 20 US clinical centers. A total of 2763 postmenopausal women with CHD and average age of 67 years at enrollment in HERS; 2321 women (93% of those surviving) consented to follow-up in HERS II. Participants were randomly assigned to receive 0.625 mg/d of conjugated estrogens and 2.5 mg of medroxyprogesterone acetate (n = 1380), or placebo (n = 1383) during HERS; open-label hormone therapy was prescribed at personal physicians' discretion during HERS II. The proportions with at least 80% adherence to hormones declined from 81% (year 1) to 45% (year 6) in the hormone group, and increased from 0% (year 1) to 8% (year 6) in the placebo group. The primary outcome was nonfatal myocardial infarction and CHD death. Secondary cardiovascular events were coronary revascularization, hospitalization for unstable angina or congestive heart failure, nonfatal ventricular arrhythmia, sudden death, stroke or transient ischemic attack, and peripheral arterial disease. There were no significant decreases in rates of primary CHD events or secondary cardiovascular events among women assigned to the hormone group compared with the placebo group in HERS, HERS II, or overall. The unadjusted relative hazard (RH) for CHD events in HERS was 0.99 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.81-1.22); HERS II, 1.00 (95% CI, 0.77-1.29); and overall, 0.99 (0.84-1.17). The overall RHs were similar after adjustment for potential confounders and differential use of statins between treatment groups (RH, 0.97; 95% CI, 0.82-1.14), and in analyses restricted to women who were adherent to randomized treatment assignment (RH, 0.96; 95% CI, 0.77-1.19). Lower rates of CHD events among women in the hormone group in the final years of HERS did not persist during additional years of follow-up. After 6.8 years, hormone therapy did not reduce risk of cardiovascular events in women with CHD. Postmenopausal hormone therapy should not be used to reduce risk for CHD events in women with CHD.
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            [1 ] Policlínico Universitario 26 de julio Cuba
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            Revista Cubana de Obstetricia y Ginecología
            Rev Cubana Obstet Ginecol
            Editorial Ciencias Médicas (Ciudad de la Habana )
            August 2006
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