London: Women who reach menopause before the age of 46 are twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke as compared women who go through the change later in life, a new study has revealed.The findings from a diverse group of U.S women supports results of earlier studies, which had focused only on white women.Early menopause was found to double the risk of stroke and heart attack.Lead author Dr Melissa Wellons, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said that women who experienced early menopause should make extra efforts to reduce their risk.“My advice to them would be to get your traditional risk factors checked and do the things that we know, based on evidence, can improve your risk of developing heart disease, like keep your cholesterol in check and keep your blood pressure in check,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.Wellons and her colleagues collected health information through surveys of 2,509 women, including 331 Chinese, 641 black and 550 Hispanic women.
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