Women are relatively protected against heart disease, up until the time of menopause, when their heart disease risk increases. Why is this so? It appears that, prior to menopause, the female hormones of estrogen and progesterone are protector hormones, limiting the amount of atherosclerosis, and resulting heart disease a woman has.
Unfortunately, a woman’s risk of heart disease does increase with age to make it the leading cause of disease and death in women who are 40 years of age or older, especially following menopause, when the estrogen and progesterone levels go down.
In fact, about 400,000 women in the US will die from diseases related to heart disease every year. This means that a woman dies of heart disease in the US about once every minute.
The Risk Of Female Heart Disease Rises With Age