Heart Health After Menopause

Heart Health After Menopause

By: #taketime4u

November 08, 2017

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Menopause is a big change—for you and your heart health. #taketime4u and protect your heart.

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.

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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.

Prioritize Your Heart Post-Menopause

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.

  • Eat a Healthy Diet—Rather than focusing on losing weight, establish heart-healthy eating habits. This includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, including fish, that are full of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Exercise Regularly—It’s recommended you get 150 minutes of physical activity every week. Make sure it’s something you enjoy. It’ll be a lot easier to make a habit out of it.
  • Stop Smoking—If you’re a smoker, menopause makes it more important than ever to stop, because other heart disease risk factors can increase. If you find you need help quitting, talk to your doctor.
  • Communicate—Communicating with your doctor means he or she will help you keep up with the health screenings you need. This includes regular checks of blood pressure, blood glucose levels and body mass index.
  • 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.

 

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