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Early Menopause Linked to Greater Heart Disease Risk

By jeremyc | May 15, 2017

Many believe heart disease is predominantly a male issue. However, that is not so. Heart disease is a major cause of death in men as well as women. Latest research probes if a woman’s risk of heart disease is affected by her reproductive history.

It is estimated that nearly 610,000 individuals die because of cardiovascular disease each year. Contrary to what many believe, heart disease causes more death than any other problem in women, just like it does in men. In 2013, 25 percent of deaths among women were from heart disease.

A few studies have hinted at a link between maternal age and some forms of cardiovascular disease, like heart failure, arrhythmia, etc.

There’s a huge surge in the production of sex hormones in women during pregnancy. The levels of sex hormones rise as many as 100 times more than normal levels. Experts have suggested these hormones might increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in pregnant women.

Some other studies have found that women who experience menopause early might be at a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. The latest study strengthens this claim. In it researchers found that the risk of cardiovascular disease increases for women who experience early menopause.

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