Pre-menopausal women seem to have a lower risk of developing heart disease and stroke compared to men in the same age bracket.

The levels of the hormone estrogen a woman’s body produces before menopause may offer her additional protection from heart disease.

However, when estrogen levels drop due to menopause or other reasons, women become more vulnerable to heart disease and stroke.

That’s why it’s important for women aged 40 to 60 to be aware of their risks for heart disease and stroke and to consult their doctor for specific information on personal health matters.