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Timing of changes in menstrual cycle length could provide clues about a person's heart disease risk

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23Strands News October 13, 2021

As women near menopause, their menstrual cycle length often becomes longer. The timing of these changes could provide clues about a person's risk of developing heart disease, according to a new study led by University of Pittsburgh researchers.

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and the risk significantly increases after midlife, which is why it’s possible that menopause could contribute to this disease. Menopause is not just a click of a button. It's a multistage transition where women experience many changes that could put them at higher risk for cardiovascular disease. Change in cycle length, which is linked to hormone levels, is a simple metric that could tell doctors who is more at risk.