Women who begin menopause at an early age may want to be on high alert for such episodes as stroke or heart attack, as new research shows early menopause could up the risk of these potential deadly conditions.
According to research published in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society, women who have early menopause are more likely to have one of these cardiac episodes than women who go through the menopause process later in life.
The study's authors say it's important that women know this information, particularly because heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S.
"My hope is that getting this message out will motivate women with early menopause to engage in the lifestyle and medical strategies known to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease - like controlling cholesterol, blood pressure and excess weight and by exercising," said Dr. Melissa Wellons, assistant professor of Medicine in the Vanderbilt Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Women who are concerned about these risks may want to consider alerting a loved one or a home health care provider to be on the lookout for symptoms.
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