ACC Study Looks at Reproductive Period Relationship to Heart Disease

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Dr. Thomas Dalsgaard Nielsen serves Fort Payne, Alabama-area patients as a cardiologist at Dekalb Regional Medical Center. In addition, he founded base2 Medical, a startup focused on developing the LabStar software product built specifically to serve the nuclear cardiology profession. Dr. Thomas Dalsgaard Nielsen is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACA).

A recent study found in the Journal of the ACA reveals that women who become menopausal earlier in life, as well as women who haven’t given birth, are more likely to develop heart failure after menopause. Prior studies have found that pre-menopausal hormones are a large contributor to this risk. When examining data from more than 28,000 women who were postmenopausal, researchers found that almost all of the 5.2 percent of women who experienced heart failure had a correlating shorter reproductive period experience. In addition, women who had not had children were found to be at greater risk of diastolic heart failure after menopause.

Commenting on the study, researcher Nisha I. Parikh, MD, MPH, said that the results of the study call for further research into the effects of the reproductive period on women’s heart health.

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