Generally about 1/3 of a woman’s life is lived after the menopause Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death in women as well as men at this age and this is may be due to the drop in oestrogen level that occurs then although it is by no means clear. Women often gain weight around their middles at this time of life which is a risk factor in itself for heart disease as well as diabetes.
Women can experience the first symptoms of a heart attack differently from men; for example only 30% of women get chest pain, compared to 42% of men, and the yonger the woman is, the less likely she is to get chest pain.
According to the British Heart Foundation over one million women have (CHD) in the UK and around half a million have a heart attack at some point in their lives. For strokes, more women than men suffer these. Indeed CHD kills three times more women than breast cancer.
Therefore there is a need to keep an eye on risk factors such as weight, blood pressure and cholesterol level
A healthy diet to offset the risk of heart disease includes:
Cutting down on fats, especialy saturated and trans fats / change to healthier fats
Eating more oily fish
Eating more fruit and vegetables
Cutting down on salt, maximum 6g a day
Drinking alcohol only in moderation
Increasing fibre intake