Your Menopause, Your Heart showcases menopause, February is American Heart Month and Wear Red Day on Friday, February 3. After menopause, our risk of heart disease can increase…

Cardiovascular Disease

What is cardiovascular disease (CVD)?

Depending on the Source, 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)”.

Breast Cancer

Can more women die of CVD than of breast cancer?

In Women & CVD the WHF note:

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

No 1 Killer of Women

Is CVD the No 1 killer of women?

Yes. In Rock Your Red the (United States) Go Red for Women explain:

“Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year, but the simple truth is that most cardiovascular diseases can still be prevented with education and healthy lifestyle changes”.

Risk Factors

What are risk factors for heart disease?

The (United States) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and their program The Heart Truth list:

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What do CVD risk factors that every woman should know about include?

In Menopause and Cardiovascular Disease: Does Menopause Increase A Woman’s Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke? the American Heart Association’s 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

What 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:

Your Menopause, Your Heart“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: 09 March 2023 – Last Revised 17 January 2023