Ladies who have undergone the menopause are no more likely to suffer a heart attack than other females who have not.
That is according to a study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, published in the British Medical Journal, which indicated that the risk of such an occurrence rises as women get older.
Assistant professor of medicine at the institution Dr Dhananjay Vaidya stated that it discovered "no big shift" towards greater heart attack rates was noticeable after the menopause.
"What we believe is going on is that the cells of the heart and arteries are aging like every other tissue in the body," he said.
He added this alone is "an adequate explanation" of why more heart issues occur.
This follows a recent study published by bmj.com, which indicated the risk of heart disease could be reduced by a third for those who consume chocolate.
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Heart treatment news : 6 September 2011