Short reproductive life span raises CVD risk, study shows

And add in menarche at an early age and the risk doubles, researchers say

GPs have been urged to consider the timing of both menarche and menopause when performing absolute CVD risk assessments for midlife women.

Findings from an Australian-led study suggest a short reproductive life span is linked with an increased risk of later non-fatal CVD events.

The risk is highest (twofold) among those with both a short reproductive lifespan — 30 years or less — and menarche at 11 years or younger.

Sydney general and interventional cardiologist Dr Fiona Foo said the findings underlined the importance of considering “non