There is a magic age, and if you started menstruating before or after it, you could be at risk, it was found.
It’s now known that women aren’t always treated as well as men, when they suffer a heart attack. Symptoms can display differently, and women’s pain isn’t always taken as seriously as men’s.
Now there is an additional difference when it comes to heart health risks in females: your period.
A study done at the University of Florida in Gainesville found the age at which you had your first period can affect your heart attack risk as an adult. Apparently, first menstruating at twelve years old is the magic number. Adolescent girls who have their first period before OR after turning 12 have in increased risk of suffering from a major adverse cardiac event later in life, it was found.
Studies show that twelve is the average age of menarche, or the beginning of menstruation.
Females who have their first period at ages 11, 13, 14, 15 or older were found to have a two-fold increased risk of having heart problems.
Shockingly, individuals who hit menarche early, at 10 years old or younger, were found to have a four-fold increased risk of suffering from a heart attack or stroke, as well as having heart failure or dying prematurely.
Dr. Carl Pepine, the cardiologist behind the study, believes it is important to notify your doctor if you started menstruating at or before age 12.
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