After the onset of menopause certain risk factors increase around the time of menopause and a high-fat diet, smoking or other unhealthy habits begun earlier in life can also take a toll.

Menopause and Heart Disease

Family History and Heart Disease, Stroke

Family History and Heart Disease, Stroke

Knowing your family’s health history can help you avoid both heart disease and stroke – the  No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death. Just because your family has a history of cardiovascular disease, does not mean that you will certainly have the same diseases, it just means that you are more likely to have them.

If your cardiovascular disease has stabilized, it is probably safe to have sex

If your cardiovascular disease has stabilized, it is probably safe to have sex

Ask your doctor before resuming sexual activity

Don’t be SHY!

Three symptoms you should watch for, including information about how to tell if they are benign or cause for concern

1- Unusual fatigue

Like many women, you’re probably busy most of the time. You may take care of a family, run a household, work outside the home and care for aging parents. You are probably also tired a lot of the time. Most likely this is normal.

Unusual fatigue

But you should pay attention to fatigue if it is new or dramatic. Here’s what to watch out for:

  • You are suddenly exhausted after your typical exercise routine.
  • You aren’t exerting yourself, but have fatigue or a “heavy” chest.
  • Simple activity like making the bed, walking to the bathroom or shopping makes you excessively tired.
  • Although you feel exceptionally tired, you also experience sleep disturbance.
Unusual fatigue

2- Sweating and/or shortness of breath:

As women age, a lack of exercise and gradual weight gain cause issues like shortness of breath. Hot flashes are a common complaint for many women during menopause.

Sweating and/or shortness of breath

But these symptoms can signal a heart problem when they happen in certain situations:

  • Sudden sweating or shortness of breath without exertion
  • Breathlessness that continues to worsen over time after exertion
  • Shortness of breath that worsens when lying down and improves when propping up
  • “Stress” sweat (cold, clammy feeling) when there is no real cause for stress
  • Sweating or shortness of breath accompanied by other symptoms such as chest pain or fatigue
Sweating and/or shortness of breath

3- Neck, jaw, back pain:

As intricate as our body’s systems are, they are very adept at giving signals when there is something wrong. When there is a problem with the heart, it triggers nerves in that area, but you sometimes feel pain elsewhere.

Neck, jaw, back pain
Pain in the jaw, back or arms may signal a heart condition

Pain in the jaw, back or arms may signal a heart condition, especially if the origin is hard to pinpoint (for example there is no specific muscle or joint that aches). Also, if the discomfort begins or worsens when you are exerting yourself, and then stops when you quit exercising, you should get it checked out.

Heart disease for women risk factors:


Women with diabetes are at greater risk of heart disease than are men with diabetes.

Mental stress and depression:

Women’s hearts are affected by stress and depression more than men’s. Depression makes it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle and follow recommended treatment, so talk to your doctor if you’re having symptoms of depression.

Mental stress and depression


In women, smoking is a greater risk factor for heart disease in women than it is in men.


A lack of physical is major risk factor for heart disease, and some research has found women to be more inactive than men.



(Body Mass Index [BMI] 2529.9-) or Obesity (BMI higher than 30)


Low levels of estrogen after menopause pose a significant risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease in the smaller blood vessels (coronary microvascular disease).


Broken heart syndrome:

This condition often brought on by stressful situations that can cause severe, but usually temporary, heart muscle failure occurs more commonly in women after menopause. This condition may also be called takotsubo cardiomyopathy, apical ballooning syndrome or stress cardiomyopathy.

Broken heart syndrome

Pregnancy complications:

High blood pressure or diabetes during pregnancy can increase women’s long-term risk of high blood pressure and diabetes and increase the risk of development of heart disease in the mothers.

Pregnancy complications
Poor diet

Poor diet:

Family history of heart or vascular disease:

Some research has found that if you had pregnancy complications such as high blood pressure or diabetes your children may also have an increased risk of heart disease in the future.

Family history of heart or vascular disease

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