Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: In her Clinical Crossroads article
about a 60-year-old woman trying to discontinue hormone replacement therapy
(HRT), Dr Grady1 did not mention behavioral
interventions. My colleagues and I have found that slow, deep, abdominal breathing
reduces hot flash frequency by about 50% in symptomatic, postmenopausal women.2- 4 The results
of these studies were documented with physiological recordings of hot flashes,
in addition to patient self-reports.
Freedman RR. A Woman Attempting to Discontinue Hormone Therapy. JAMA. 2002;288(18):2264-2265. doi:10.1001/jama.288.18.2264