Heart disease and heart attack risk increase after a woman goes through menopause. This is thought to be because of the related decline of estrogen. Researchers believe estrogen eases blood flow through arteries, reducing risk of blockages. Lower estrogen levels also mean higher “bad,” or LDL, cholesterol and lower “good,” or HDL, cholesterol.
Researchers are still determining the effect of menopausal hormone therapy on heart disease risk. Some studies indicate that estrogen-plus-progestin therapy may increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. No matter your situation, it’s important to speak with your doctor about the right treatment for your specific needs.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to stay heart healthy after menopause. However, you need to make them everyday habits to see the benefits.
Communicating with friends and family means you’ll stay social and be less likely to succumb to feelings of loneliness or isolation, which can be common after menopause.