women's heart health midlife

Protecting Your Heart health (this could be more important than you think)

Research suggests that what women think will be their cause of death can often be different from actual reality

Sorry to be morbid but there can be a happy ending 🙂

Many women do not associate heart health and cardiovascular disease with something that will happen to them.

In fact, we seem to believe that this is something that heart attacks rarely happen to women and only affects men

The truth is that following menopause the risks of heart attack and stroke for women are similar to those for men…

Statistics show that heart-related causes are the most significant cause of death in women worldwide and kill about twice as many women as breast cancer

And one-third of the non-fatal heart attacks in women happen under the age of 60

Why your risk increases after menopause

It is thought that oestrogen and progesterone help to protect against cardiovascular disease.

As these two hormones decline in perimenopause the risk of heart attacks and stroke in women increases.

Other risk factors include;

  • A family history
  • Elevated cholesterol levels
  • High blood pressure
  • compromised insulin control or type 2 diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High levels of stress
  • Poor nutrition, nutrient deficiencies and a diet high in processed and junk foods

What could help?

  • Eat a nourishing diet containing all the essential nutrients to support your heart health
  • Support blood sugar balance and insulin levels
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Stop smoking
  • Move you body

Get in touch here if now is the time for you to take control of your health

Please contact your GP or healthcare provider for advice if you are concerned about your heart health