Early menopause may double heart disease, stroke risk

September 19, 2012 12:46:22 PM PDT
Early menopause may double a woman's risk of heart disease and stroke, according to the results of a new study in the journal Menopause.

It's considered early menopause if it occurs before the age of 46. Scientists say, if a physician knows a patient has entered menopause before that age, they can be extra-vigilant in making recommendations and providing treatments to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Researchers also found the link was the same whether early menopause occurred naturally or because of surgical removal of reproductive organs.