After menopause, a woman’s risk for heart disease and stroke increase. Heart disease and stroke are the number 1 killer of women.
Do heart disease and stroke kill more women than breast cancer?
In fact it is the leading cause of death in women globally with over two million premature deaths each year: this represents more than cancer, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined”.
Before menopause, do women have a lower risk of heart disease and stroke than men?
The World Heart Federation (WHF) explain:
After menopause or postmenopause, do women have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke?
What are risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD)?
There are several risk factors for CVD, including:
- High Blood Pressure
- High Blood Cholesterol
- Being Physically Inactive
- Being Overweight or Obese
- Family History of Heart Disease
- Ethnic Background
- Sex – men are more likely to get CVD earlier than women
- Age – the older you are, the more likely you are to get CVD”.
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