How Does A Woman's Risk For Heart Disease Change With Age -- From Very Young To Very Old?

Dr. Lori Mosca

Question: How does a woman's risk for heart disease change with age -- from very young to very old?

Answer: There's a common myth that heart disease tends to suddenly increase after the menopause in women. As it turns out, a woman's risk for heart disease steadily increases throughout her life. It's just because we use '50 years old' or 'the menopause' as a cut point, when we talk about the rates of heart disease being higher after that time period. But in reality, there's a steady increase with age throughout a woman's lifetime; there doesn't appear to be a magical threshold at which time the risk for heart disease increases substantially in women.

Next: As A 50-Year-Old Woman, Should I Be More Concerned About Heart Disease Or Breast Cancer?

Previous: How Does My Risk For Heart Disease Change As I Get Older?

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4218055. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4218055. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4218055. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4218055.
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...