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Dr. Raghu Kishore Galla, Monday, October 28, 2019

Menopause is a stage in a woman’s life that brings major changes and new challenges to the changed body. Insomnia, night sweats, mood swings being some of them. The root cause for the changes in the body is because of the drop in the estrogen hormone levels during menopause. Hormonal imbalance can lead to heart disease. Hence, cardiac care during menopause is essential.

How the drop in estrogen levels lead to heart risk in women during menopause?

A drop in the estrogen level tends to increase your health issues. Let’s take a look at the warnings menopause brings-the changes and the issues.

  • High Blood Pressure: The decrease in the production of the estrogen hormone in females leads to high blood pressure. High blood pressure causes hypertension. The blood vessels in your heart lose their elasticity making it stiff and hard and a reason for your heart attack.
  • High Cholesterol: The estrogen hormone in insufficient amounts indeed becomes a threat to your body. It alters your cholesterol and blood fats. Good cholesterol HDL decreases and bad cholesterol increases along with triglycerides which is a major risk for a heart.
  • Diabetes: The hormone plays havoc with the blood sugars as well during menopause. The hormone responsible to break down the blood sugars and starches becomes passive leading to diabetes. Diabetes too called to heart disease and strokes.
  • Atrial Fibrillation: It is abnormal heartbeats that a woman would go through during this phase. The changes in the hormone slow down the heart. It makes you increasingly dizzy and increases your blood pressure.
  • Weight gain: Low levels of estrogen decreases the metabolism in your body which adds on to your weight. An obese body is also a risk for heart attack.


Women during menopause experience a lot of changes within themselves which is normal but for a few others, it is not. If the changes you notice do not seem normal then take an appointment with the women’s cardiology care in Hyderabad. Let’s see what the symptoms of the heart disease are:

  • Palpitations: Palpitations or atrial fibrillations leads to heart attack and strokes
  • Breathlessness: If you feel short of breath while climbing up and down the stairs. Then you are probably having congestive heart disease or coronary artery disease.
  • Pressure in the chest: A pressure in the chest or crushing pain in the chest are symptoms for heart disease.
  • Headaches: Headaches are signs of hypertension. Get your blood pressure checked
  • Light-headedness: Women with diabetes, heart failure, or a heart arrhythmia like atrial fibrillation experience dizziness and light-headedness.
  • Jaw ache: Pain in the jaws is a symptom of an unhealthy heart.
  • Swelling of the feet: It is a symptom of congestive heart failure.
  • Difficulty lying flat: Fluid getting accumulated in your lungs.

Heart disease is preventable. Change in your lifestyle habits will prevent you from having a heart risk

  • Exercise regularly
  • Monitor your weight
  • Consume foods rich with vegetables and fruits
  • Do not smoke or drink



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