Category Archives: Heart Disease

Early Menopause Increases Risk of Heart Disease

A number of recent studies have identified that early menopause (before age 46) increases risk of heart disease. The most recent study, scheduled for release in next month’s issue of Menopause, found that women who experience early menopause may have double the risk of heart disease and stroke. In June, the journal Menopause published another […]

Newer Birth Control Pills More Likely to Lead to Blood Clots

A new study reports that birth control pills containing drospireone- found in the birth control Yaz and Yasmin- may carry a higher risk of blood clots than older birth control pills. All oral contraceptives increase risks for blood clots. These newer pills, however, increase the risk of blood clots from 43% to 65%. The authors […]

Breastfeeding Associated with Lower Blood Pressure

A new study has just tied breastfeeding to lower blood pressure risk later in life.  In their study, the authors state that women who did not breastfeed had a 22% higher risk of developing high blood pressure. The authors go so far as to claim that 12% of hypertensive women may actually have high blood […]

Depression and Strokes

This new study links depression in middle aged and elderly women to an increase risk of strokes.  It also finds that use of anti-depressant medication is associated with increased stroke risk. Onset of depression increases during the menopausal years and, many times, anti-depressants are not the answer.  Addressing hormones and lifestyle factors can affect the […]