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Heart Care for Postmenopausal Women

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 21, 2012
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Heart care for postmenopausal women

Menopause can be intimidating and stressful for most women, more so for the heart. Once the menstrual cycle stops, the female heart becomes vulnerable and weak due to hormonal changes. Prior to menopause, women reportedly have lower chances of heart disease than men. So, here are a few tips for heart care for postmenopausal women.

The arteries stand a higher risk after a woman reaches her postmenopausal stage as they stand the maximum chances for blockage. This happens due to electrical fracas in heart signalling. This is medically known as arrhythmias. To prevent this and take good care of the heart, women should go for regular checkups and analyse the conditions of the heart and the risk factors associated with it.


Your annual checklist should include the following:

  • Blood pressure.
  • Blood sugar.
  • Triglyceride.
  • Weight.
  • Lipid profile.
  • Thyroid.
  • Haemoglobin.

 

These checkups would make any impending risk factor easily detectable and curable. Undergoing these tests annually or bi-annually, depending on the condition of your health, will keep your heart healthy. Women who smoke and drink on a regular basis have more cases of a weak heart which is prone to heart diseases including blockage of arteries and liver problems. Since, the hormonal fluctuations in a woman’s body is more, the stress is more likely to affect her. Therefore, a woman should smoke and drink in moderation or quit it absolutely to keep the heart happy.


Another way of taking care of the heart is to exercise. Join aerobics, fitness sessions or yoga classes situated near your residential area and boost the heart conditions by leaps and bounds. A healthy body signifies a healthy heart as opposed to the lousy lifestyle that women adopt post their menopause. It is true that the women also undergo a considerable loss of energy once they reach the postmenopausal stage but if they are persistent towards building their stamina and maintaining it then the heart will indeed be a happy one. Apart from that, if such exercising is not possible then be physically active.


Many doctors recommend the intake of a minimum dosage of 81 mg of aspirin for women whose heart conditions are weak and might cause some problems in the long run. However, women should not take aspirin unless it is prescribed. The highest dosage recommended for postmenopausal women is 325 mg which keeps the heart running and safe. This drug is easily available in drug stores and can be had for many years without any side effects.

 

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