2010-06-21 Early menopause raises heart disease risk

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Women who go through menopause early, before age 46, may have more than twice the risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event later in life, researchers reported on Monday.

The risk was the same even when women took hormone replacement therapy, which doctors once prescribed expressly to prevent heart disease, the researchers said at a meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego.

"It is important for women to know that early menopause is a potential risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the number one killer of American women," Dr. Melissa Wellons of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who led the study, said in a statement.(Read entire article)

2010-06-22 Early Menopause Linked to Higher Risk of Future Cardiovascular Disease, Study Finds

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Women who experience early menopause appear to have more than twice the risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease event later in life than do women who do not go through early menopause, a new study indicates.

The results are being presented at The Endocrine Society's 92nd Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Early menopause was defined as going through menopause before age 46, either naturally or surgically through removal of both ovaries.

"It is important for women to know that early menopause is a potential risk factor for cardiovascular disease -- the number one killer of American women. They can then work harder to improve their modifiable risk factors, such as high cholesterol and blood pressure, by exercising and following a healthy diet," said the study's principal author, Melissa Wellons, MD. She is a fellow at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. (Read entire article)