Your Menopause, Your Heart showcases menopause, American Heart Month in February and Wear Red Day on Friday, February 2. After menopause, our risk of heart disease can increase…
What is cardiovascular disease (CVD)?
What is heart disease (CVD)?
DotS, the definition of heart disease may vary. In What Is Cardiovascular Disease? What are the Different Types of Cardiovascular Disease? Heart Disease the WHF’s definition is:
No 1 Killer of Women
Is CVD the No 1 killer of women?
What CVD risk factors should every woman know about?
- Age at the time of menopause. Women who reach menopause before age 45 have a significantly higher risk of coronary heart disease. Coronary heart disease results from plaque buildup in the arteries
- Estrogen. Levels of estrogen, which helps keep blood vessels relaxed and open, start to decline markedly as menopause approaches. With less estrogen, cholesterol may begin to build up on artery walls. A buildup in vessels leading to the heart or brain can increase the risk of heart disease or stroke.
- Hot flashes and night sweats. Hot flashes and night sweats are the most common menopause-related symptoms and can last up to 10 years. They also are associated with worse cardiovascular disease risk factor levels.
- Depression and sleep problems. In some studies, depression and sleep disturbances were linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
- Increased visceral fat…
- Cholesterol levels and metabolic syndrome risk…
Know Your Numbers
Talk to your healthcare provider today to learn about your Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and BMI (Body Mass Index). Your heart depends on it”.
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