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Avoid smoking to ward off stroke risks during menopause

IANS  |  New York 

Quitting during the transition phase to could be the key to ward off risks of including and strokes, suggests a new study.

The risk factor most associated with unhealthy arteries was tobacco, said the study published in the journal

The study found that physical activity and a healthy diet may offset the acceleration of -- build-up of fats, cholesterol and other substances in and on the artery walls.

"Midlife is a crucial window for women to take their cardiovascular wellness to heart and set a course for healthy ageing," said Ana Baylin, from in the US.

"The metabolic changes that often occur with menopause, especially increases in cholesterol levels and blood pressure, can significantly increase the risk of heart attacks, and later in life," she added.

For the study, the team enrolled 1,143 women aged 42 to 52 in the Study of Women's Across the Nation (SWAN).

The findings showed that those with a healthy lifestyle had significantly wider arteries, less arterial thickening and build-up of fatty plaque.

"Women approaching can significantly lower this risk if they adopt healthier behaviours, even if cardiovascular issues have never been on their radar," said Dongqing Wang, a postdoctoral student from the varsity.

The results suggest that maintaining a healthy lifestyle -- combined with physical activity, proper eating and no tobacco use -- is particularly important for women during the transition phase to



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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 20:08 IST