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Cardiovascular Disease

What is cardiovascular disease (CVD)?

Depending on the Source (DotS), the definition of CVD may vary. In What Is Cardiovascular Disease? the World Heart Federation’s (WHF) definition is:

“Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a class of diseases that affect the heart or blood vessels (veins and arteries)”.

Heart Disease

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:

“Coronary heart disease, sometimes called coronary artery disease or ischemic heart disease, is the most common type of heart disease. It refers to heart problems caused by narrowed coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. For some people, the first sign of coronary heart disease is a heart attack”.

No 1 Killer of Women

Is CVD the No 1 killer of women?

According to the American Heart Association’s, Go Red for Women:

“Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women”.

Breast Cancer

Your Menopause, Your HeartCan CVD kill more women than breast cancer?

In Women & CVD the WHF note:

“13x as many women die of CVD than of breast cancer”.


What CVD risk factors should every woman know about?

In Menopause and Cardiovascular Disease: Does Menopause Increase A Woman’s Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke? the Go Red for Women elaborate on:

Your Menopause, Your Heart“Cardiovascular risk factors that every woman should know about include:

  • 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

Your Menopause, Your HeartWhat numbers do women (and men) we need to know?

In Know Your Numbers They Could Just Save Your Life the Go Red for Women explain:

“You can’t manage what you don’t measure, which is why knowing your risk is critical to preventing cardiovascular disease. And knowing your risk starts with knowing 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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Cervical Health Awareness Month 2024 is January in the United States and Cervical Cancer Prevention Week is 22 – 28 Jan 2024, in the United Kingdom.

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month 2024What is the (United States) January is Cervical Health Awareness Month?

In Cervical Health Awareness Month: We Can Prevent Cervical Cancer the (United States) National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) elaborate on:

“Each year, more than 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States. Yet cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers today. In most cases cervical cancer can be prevented through early detection and treatment of abnormal cell changes that occur in the cervix years before cervical cancer develops”.

Cervical Health Awareness Month 2024Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

What is the (United Kingdom) Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 22 – 28 Jan 2024?

In Cervical Cancer Prevention Week the Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust elaborate on:

“Every day in the UK, 2 women lose their lives to cervical cancer and 9 more receive a life-changing diagnosis”.


Is there an association between menopause and cervical cancer?

In Cervical Cancer: About Cervical Cancer – Key Statistics for Cervical Cancer, last revised 12 January 2023, the American Cancer Society note:

“Cervical cancer is most frequently diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 44 with the average age at diagnosis being 50. It rarely develops in women younger than 20. Many older women do not realize that the risk of developing cervical cancer is still present as they age. More than 20% of cases of cervical cancer are found in women over 65. However, these cancers rarely occur in women who have been getting regular tests to screen for cervical cancer before they were 65”.

Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines

Can different Countries have different cervical cancer screening guidelines?

Yes, different Countries can have different cervical cancer screening guidelines, so it can be in your best interest to choose to check what’s what for you.

Cervical Screening Appointment Month

Make January your “Cervical Screening Appointment Month”.

Book your cervical screening appointment now, so you can tick this off your 2024 to-do list.

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