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MENOPAUSE ISN'T THE TIPPING POINT FOR HEART DISEASE IN WOMEN, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Women experience a big increase in their risk of heart disease and fatal heart attacks after menopause, right? Wrong, research led by Dhananjay Vaidya and colleagues at Johns Hopkins has shown.

VAIDYA: When we analyzed the data it doesn't look like that at all. It looks like the accumulation of mortality starts in adult life even before menopause and just steadily keeps increasing at a constant rate as women age. Nothing dramatic or strange happening at menopause. So we are able to say if there is one cumulative event happening in terms of heart disease mortality that's aging. :25

Vaidya looked at mortality statistics for the time period from 1916 to 1945 from Wales, England the US, and found that the rate of increase in heart disease related deaths increases over time as women get older, which would be expected from the accumulation of wear and tear on tissues but is not related to hormonal changes. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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