Join Health Insider Expert Annie Gaudreault as she reviews why women are at risk of heart disease as the changes that happen during perimenopause and menopause take place.

Join Annie Gaudreault, the founder of VEEV Health & Wellness as she discusses menopause and heart health.

Video Transcript

Let’s talk about menopause and heart health. Did you know that women are four times more likely to develop heart issues 10 years within their last period? Now, does menopause cause heart disease? No.

However, estrogen has a protective effect on the heart. So, as it drops with perimenopause and menopause onward, then we are losing this protective effect. It can show up as high blood pressure and cholesterol, as well.

So, what are the things that you need to do? First of all, changing your diet to a really whole foods diet that is rid of trans fats and processed foods, and we want to primary have higher consumption of vegetables, fish, as well as some meat. We want to be decreasing the intake of saturated fats.

We also want to be decreasing our salt consumption as well as alcohol. In terms of lifestyle, what we are looking for is really having a handle on our weight. So, really being mindful of weight gain which will also directly affect blood pressure.

The other thing that is really essential is to make movement and exercise a priority. The guidelines currently call for 150 minutes of cardiovascular activity per week to support your heart.

I hope that this was helpful. I am wishing you great heart health.

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