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
"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)
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
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