Menopause Symptoms and the Risk for Heart Attack

by Laura Ramirez on September 7, 2011

You may have wondered about menopause symptoms and the risk for heart attack especially if you’ve been suffering with heat palpitations because they can be so unnerving. In fact, many women mistake their first experiences of shortness of breath and palpitations for a heart attack and worry that these symptoms indicate that their life has suddenly been cut short.

I remember when I first had these symptoms. My children were young (I went through menopause prematurely) and I was reading them a story. All of sudden, my heart started racing like I had just sprinted around the block and I could not catch my breath. I was forced to stop reading the story. My boys, who were 3 and almost 6 at the time, were worried and kept asking me if I was all right. I didn’t want to worry them, so I nodded my head yes, but later that night, while in bed watching television with my husband, I had them again. Concerned, the next morning, I made an appointment with my doctor.

What causes these palpitations and do they increase your chance of having a fatal heart attack?

Heart palpitations during menopause are arrhythmia’s (irregular or rapid heart beat or missing a beat) that are caused by fluctuating hormone levels.

To answer the second part of the question—whether these arrhythmias could be a sign of impending heart attack read the excerpt from a recently published study below:

Johns Hopkins researchers say data show aging alone, not hormonal impact of menopause, explains increasing number of deaths as women age Contradicting the long-held medical belief that the risk of cardiovascular death for women spikes sharply after menopause, new research from Johns Hopkins suggests instead that heart disease mortality rates in women progress at a constant rate as they age

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Menopause symptoms and heart palpitations - do these increase your risk of heart attack?

“Our data show there is no big shift toward higher fatal heart attack rates after menopause,” says Dhananjay Vaidya, Ph.D., an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the study’s leader. “What we believe is going on is that the cells of the heart and arteries are aging like every other tissue in the body, and that is why we see more and more heart attacks every year as women age. Aging itself is an adequate explanation and the arrival of menopause with its altered hormonal impact does not seem to play a role.”

So now that you know that the most recent research shows that a women’s risk of heart attack and even fatal heart attack is more related to aging than it is to decreasing hormone levels, you can relax a little bit more next time you’re hit with heart palpitations and shortness of breath. Despite the good news, it is still essential that you have your heart health assessed by your doctor and do all you can to take good care of your heart: eat right, get regular exercise and take co-Q10 and omega-3 fatty acids on a daily basis.

What do you think about this article on menopause symptoms and risk of heart attack? Does the fact that aging is the primary risk factor relieve your concerns somewhat? What are you doing to keep your heart strong and healthy as you age? Please leave your comments below and share this article on your favorite social media site.

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