Washington: Women who go into menopause before the age of 46 are twice as likely to suffer from coronary heart disease and stroke, suggests a new study led by an Indian origin scientist.The association holds true in patients from a variety of different ethnic backgrounds, the study found, and is independent of traditional cardiovascular disease risk factors, according to the scientists. “If physicians know a patient has entered menopause before her 46th birthday, they can be extra vigilant in making recommendations and providing treatments to help prevent heart attacks and stroke,” said Dhananjay Vaidya, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and leader of the study. “Our results suggest it is also important to avoid early menopause if at all possible,” he stated.
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