Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Am Coll Cardiol. 2009 Dec 15;54(25):2366-73. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2009.10.009.

Are changes in cardiovascular disease risk factors in midlife women due to chronological aging or to the menopausal transition?

Author information

  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA. matthewska@upmc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This prospective study examined whether changes in traditional and novel coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factors are greater within a year of the final menstrual period (FMP), relative to changes that occur before or after that interval, in a multiethnic cohort.

BACKGROUND:

Understanding the influence of menopause on CHD risk remains elusive and has been evaluated primarily in Caucasian samples.

METHODS:

SWAN (Study of Women's Health Across the Nation) is a prospective study of the menopausal transition in 3,302 minority (African American, Hispanic, Japanese, or Chinese) and Caucasian women. After 10 annual examinations, 1,054 women had achieved an FMP not due to surgery and without hormone therapy use before FMP. Measured CHD risk factors included lipids and lipoproteins, glucose, insulin, blood pressure, fibrinogen, and C-reactive protein. We assessed which of 2 models provided a better fit with the observed risk factor changes over time in relation to the FMP: a linear model, consistent with chronological aging, or a piecewise linear model, consistent with ovarian aging.

RESULTS:

Only total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and apolipoprotein B demonstrated substantial increases within the 1-year interval before and after the FMP, consistent with menopause-induced changes. This pattern was similar across ethnic groups. The other risk factors were consistent with a linear model, indicative of chronological aging.

CONCLUSIONS:

Women experience a unique increase in lipids at the time of the FMP. Monitoring lipids in perimenopausal women should enhance primary prevention of CHD.

PMID:
20082925
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC2856606
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk