Heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death in both men and women according to WHO’s Global Health Estimates in 2019. The 2011, American Heart Association (AHA) , heart disease risk in menopausal women is higher.
Key takeaways from American Heart Association on heart disease in menopausal women.
- Menopausal women face a higher risk for cardiovascular disease
- Endocrine and metabolic modifications are tightly linked at menopausal transition
- Women are more vulnerable than men in terms of cardiovascular risk induced by high blood pressure, which is very common after the age of 50 years
- Diabetes is a stronger risk factor for cardiovascular disease related death in women than in men, and its prevalence is significantly associated with menopausal status
- Menopausal hormone therapy (initiated in women younger than 60 years or within 10 years of menopause to alleviate menopausal symptoms and to prevent or treat osteoporosis) is currently the sole intervention that decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in healthy women at midlife
Source : The Lancet