Second Opinion: No Quick Fix for a Woman's Heart

It looks as though older women with heart disease who want to avoid further cardiovascular problems may have to do it the old-fashioned way: eat right, exercise and quit smoking. The much touted alternatives of hormone-replacement therapy and antioxidant vitamins may not cut it.

Those are the findings of research published in last week's Journal of the American Medical Association. The study found that hormone-replacement therapy does nothing to help the heart, confirming a conclusion that other researchers had already begun to reach. The true surprise was that large doses of two potent antioxidants--800 International Units of vitamin E and 1,000...

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