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Heart disease risk increases after menopause

December 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Women's chances of heart disease go way up after menopause, but there may be warning signs that can be detected with a simple blood test.

New research shows that blood fats may be largely to blame.

In the study, experts found women had steep increases in cholesterol levels as well as another type of blood fat just after menopause.

Because these blood fats can clog arteries and trigger heart attacks, doctors say women should have their cholesterol levels monitored closely after menopause.