SHAFAQNA –Heart disease and stroke have been the number one killer of women since a long time. It kills more women than the combined results of all types of cancers. According to health experts, symptoms of heart disease can become more evident after the beginning of menopause. At that time, it is important for woman to consider the changes and should learn how they could affect the overall health.
According to health experts, menopause is not solely responsible for cardiovascular heart disease. Many complex hormonal changes that take place during menopause and some of those changes could increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. A decline in estrogen, a group of hormones that are essential for female sexual and reproductive development, could be the biggest factor that could increase the risks of cardiovascular disease for menopausal women.
Two earlier studies have found that early natural menopause, which occurs before 45 years of age, could be linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Some women take hormones to reduce health risks. That therapy was popular during 1960s and 1970s. The Women’s Health Initiative and the HERS trial found that estrogen replacement could be harmful in some cases.
The American Heart Association, a non-profit organization in the United States, has recommended that women should not go with hormone replacement therapy to prevent cardiovascular disease.
Obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, family history and diabetes have also been considered as factors that could increase cardiovascular risks in women. According to health experts, these contributing factors should be prevented as much as possible. Most cardiologists recommend women to follow a healthy lifestyle. According to them, healthy lifestyle could be helpful in preventing the onset of heart disease in women. They recommend that women should stop smoking, maintain healthy eating habits and should do regular exercises.
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