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Heart risk and menopause

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Heart disease is the number one killer of women. It used to be that a woman's risk for heart disease and stroke increased after menopause, but new research suggests it happens much earlier. Dr. Kathryn Lindley, a Washington University cardiologist with Barnes Jewish Hospital, visits Fox 2 News in the Morning to discuss this new study.

Dr. Lindley offers these tips to help prevent stroke and heart disease:

• Maintain a proper diet and exercise
• Manage your weight
• Manage your blood pressure
• Reduce your blood sugar
• Avoid excessive alcohol intake (fewer than one drink per day for a woman).
• Manage stress levels at work and at home