HDCN Article Review/Hyperlink

Chasan-Taber L, Willett WC, Manson JE, Spiegelman D, Hunter DJ, Curhan G, Colditz GA, Stampfer MJ

Prospective study of oral contraceptives and hypertension among women in the United States

Circulation (Aug) 94:483-489 1996

The risk of developing hypertension with oral contraceptives has not been well quantified. Analyzing data from the Nurses Health Study II, Chasan- Taber et al found that the relative risk of developing de novo hypertension after a 4-year follow up period in 68,000 participants was 1.8. However, only a small number of cases of hypertension could be attributed to oral contraceptive use. (John T. Daugirdas, M.D., University of Illinois at Chicago)

The full text of this abstract is available from the AHA at:
this site .