An analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative found that women who took certain low-dose and patch hormone treatments for menopausal symptoms were less likely to suffer heart attack and stroke. In particular, researchers found that the risk of stroke was slightly lower in women who took low doses of bioidentical forms of estrogen, or estradiol, orally than in those who took synthetic treatments. Women who took estradiol through a skin patch also had a lower risk of heart disease than those who took conjugated equine estrogen orally, researchers reported in the journal Menopause.

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