Probably you are already well aware of certain risk factors for heart disease that pertain nearly exclusively to women. But have you ever heard about the following factors, which may seem weird?
Early menarche. A study found that starting periods before age of 12 increases the risk of heart disease.1 At this, the early you have had your periods started, the greater are the chances. Girls who got their first menstruation before the age of 12 are 10% more likely to develop heart disease than those who got theirs at age 13 or older. Although it is not exactly known why, but this can be due to increased estrogen levels that can escalate the risk of atherosclerosis and stroke.