Hormone therapy and blood pressure.

Q: I am 72yrs, I do not take hormone therapy any more after i suffered a mild heart attack where I have a stent put in. I have had a lot of facial hair growth. Should I go back on hormone therapy at my age?

A: If your only symptom is unwanted facial hair, I would not recommend hormonal therapy. You have already had a heart attack. Taking hormones after menopause increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, dementia, and breast cancer. To learn more about the risks and benefits of hormone therapy go to this page on the cancer.gov site. A safer way to get rid of your unwanted facial hair is electrolysis. To learn more about this procedure to permanently get rid of hair go to this page on WebMD.com.

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