Women's risk of heart disease, stroke associated with age at first menstrual cycle

December 16, 2014 8:06 AM

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Women's risk of heart disease, stroke associated with age at first menstrual cycle

The research team - led by Dr. Dexter Canoy of the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford in the UK - assessed health data from 1.3 million women in the UK aged 50-64. The researchers monitored the women for more than 10 years.

Women who had their first menstrual cycle aged 10 or younger or aged 17 or older were found to be much more likely to develop heart disease, stroke and hypertension-related complications, compared with women who had their first menstrual period aged 13.

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