18 October 2016
Do what makes your heart healthy: Manage and reduce risk factors
The menopausal phase in a woman’s life is an important window where preventative measures can be most effective with the right intervention.
For World Menopause Day this year the International Menopause Society (IMS) is highlighting that cardiovascular disease disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in postmenopausal women.
Although it is a disease of aging, vascular disease initiates much earlier in life. Thus, there is a need to be aware of the potential to prevent the development of the disease from an early age and continue this surveillance throughout life.
In the White Paper: Cardiovascular risk assessment in women - an update  the IMS undertook a systematic review to summarise the literature and evaluate evidence on common, modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in postmenopausal women.
A patient information leaflet: Do what makes your heart healthy  has been developed.
This comprehensive booklet recognises that the menopausal phase in a woman’s life is an important window where preventative measures can be most effective in reducing cardiac risk and prevent heart disease.
It explains how to identify cardiac risk and highlights the top 10 tips for women to work with health professionals to explore options and prevention strategies that provide the correct tailored interventions for an individual patient.
- P. Collins, C. M. Webb, T. J. de Villiers, J. C. Stevenson, N. Panay & R. J. Baber (2016) Cardiovascular risk assessment in women – an update, Climacteric, 19:4, 329-336, DOI: 10.1080/13697137.2016.1198574 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13697137.2016.1198574
- IMS patient information leaflet: Do what makes your heart healthy