Learn about what the risks are of hormone therapy for women and what the risk are if your Sodium intake is too high in this medical report.
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Dr. Susan Sharma: This is Insidermedicinein60 from Boston. According to research in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the Urinary Creatinine Ratio of sodium to potassium may predict to heart disease risk. In a study of nearly 3000 people, researchers found that compared with normal ratio, the highest sodium, potassium ratios indicated a 50% increased risk of cardiovascular disease; that is too much sodium and too little potassium may increase the risk of stroke, heart attack and other cardiovascular events. From Washington, according to research in the Journal Neurology, hormone therapy has been linked to faster loss of brain tissue in older women. In a study of over a 1400 women or with the age of 70, researchers found that those undergoing hormone replacement therapy experienced faster loss of brain tissue in areas responsible for thinking and memory. Typically, HRT is not recommended for women over the age of 64. Finally, from Paris, according to research in the Archives of Internal Medicine, cold weather can increase blood pressure in older adults. In a study of 8800 patients aged 65 and older, researchers found that systolic blood pressure rows in average of five millimeters of mercury as temperature struck from summer to winter and hypertension rates rows from 24% to 33%. These findings may help explain seasonal variations and rates of stroke, blood vessel rupture and aneurism. For Insidermedicinein60, I'm Doctor Susan Sharma.