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AHA urges more attention to heart risks during menopausal transition


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Circulation
Reuters Health - 02/12/2020 - Women going through the menopausal transition (MT) face "accelerating" risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), underscoring the importance of monitoring their health and potentially intervening early, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA). "This is really the time that they should focus on their health and lifestyle changes as much as they can," lead author Dr. Samar El Khoudary of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health told Reuters Health by phone. "Women still are not aware of this to the level we want, and we are hoping that the health care providers would help in making this clear to women." Data on how well women are doing in midlife when it comes to healthy habits are "extremely limited," Dr. El Khoudary added, although she noted that one study found just 7% were meeting physical-activity guidelines and less than 20% consistently ate a healthy diet. Meanwhile...


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