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November 13, 2002

A Woman Attempting to Discontinue Hormone Therapy

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2002;288(18):2264-2265. doi:10.1001/jama.288.18.2264

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.24 The results of these studies were documented with physiological recordings of hot flashes, in addition to patient self-reports.

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