World Heart Day 2021 is on 29 September. Did you know that after menopause, a woman’s risk of heart disease increases?

World Heart Day

What is World Heart Day?

In About World Heart Day? the World Heart Federation (WHF) elaborate on:

World Heart Day 2021 and Menopause

“Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day informs people around the globe that CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 18.6 million lives each year, and highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD. It aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided”.

Menopause

Is there an association between menopause and heart disease?

In Menopause and Heart Disease the British Heart Foundation (BHF) explain:

“Before the menopause, women in general have a lower risk of being affected by coronary heart disease. But after the menopause, your risk increases”.

Breast Cancer

Can more women die of heart disease than breast cancer?

In Women With A Heart Condition the BHF note:

“There are around 830,000 women living with coronary heart disease in the UK and it kills twice as many women in the UK as breast cancer”.

Risk Factors

What are the risk factors of heart disease?

In What Is Cardiovascular Disease? How Do You Prevent Cardiovascular Disease? the WHF elaborate on:

“The most important behavioural risk factors of heart disease and stroke are unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol. These behaviours can lead to raised blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, overweight and obesity, which can in turn be measured in order to assess an individual’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease”.

Healthcare Provider

What numbers do women (and men) need to know?

In Know Your Numbers They Could Just Save your Life, Go Red for Women elaborate on:

“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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Last Updated: 14 September 2021 – Last Revised: 14 September 2021
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