Mutations, Hormone Therapy (HRT) and Venous Thromboembolism
|Study Start Date:||September 1998|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||August 2003|
Epidemiologic studies have identified Factor V Leiden as the most common cause of heritable thrombophilia, a prothrombotic mutation associated with a 5 to 7-fold increase in the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). In pre-menopausal women, the use of oral contraceptives is associated with a 4-fold increase in VTE risk, and the joint effects of oral contraceptive use and Factor V Leiden carriership increase the VTE risk of by a factor of 35. Recently, the results of several observational studies and randomized clinical trials suggest that in post-menopausal women, the use of hormone replacement therapy is associated with a 3-fold increase in VTE risk. Whether post-menopausal women with prothrombotic mutations experience a similar 20-fold increase in risk when they take post-menopausal hormones remains unknown.
In this case-control study, post-menopausal women with a first episode of objectively confirmed venous thromboembolism, and population-based controls were identified and recruited from the GHC enrollment files. Controls were frequency matched to the cases on age and calendar-year. Data collection included a review of ambulatory medical record and a telephone interview. The GHC computerized pharmacy database was used to assess exposure to hormone replacement therapy. A venous blood specimen was obtained from consenting subjects, processed into aliquots of white cells, plasma, and red cells, and stored at 70 degrees C prior to laboratory analysis. DNA was extracted from white cells, and molecular genotyping assays were conducted to assess carriership of prothrombotic mutations.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00005515
|Investigator:||Bruce Psaty||University of Washington|