Regardless of whether a woman has experienced menopause or not, high cholesterol levels -- although not high enough to receive intensive treatment -- should be lowered. This usually means making lifestyle changes that embrace healthy habits, including a balanced diet, losing excess weight, quitting smoking, and engaging in regular physical activity.
In older women, levels of triglycerides provide an excellent indicator of coronary heart disease. This may be a result of increased insulin resistance, which typically occurs after menopause and is associated with a higher level of triglycerides.
Women are also more likely than men to develop high blood pressure at an advanced age. The next page explains how this condition affects women.
For more information on coronary heart disease, see:
- Symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease in Women: Women typically do not have obvious signs of heart disease, making it difficult to diagnose. Find out who should get tested.
- Diagnosing Coronary Heart Disease in Women: A range of tests are available if your risk is higher than 5 percent. Learn what these are, and why some aren't always accurate.
- Treatment of Coronary Heart Disease in Women: Traditional treatment isn't always effective in women. Learn about lifestyle changes to keep your heart healthy.
- Coronary Heart Disease: This condition is the culmination of years of plaque buildup in the arteries. Find out how to prevent it.