Healthy Living

May 14, 2014 7:16 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Early menopause linked to increased risk for heart failure

Swedish researchers say women who go through early menopause appear to be at an increased risk for heart failure.

Their data showed those who began natural menopause between the ages of 40 and 45 were 40 percent more likely to have heart failure than women who started in their early fifties.

Early menopausal smokers were at an even higher risk for heart failure even if they had quit years before.

Now, researchers are trying to see if the same factors that cause ovarian failure could also cause heart problems.

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