AUGUSTA, Ga.– Let’s talk for a minute about what some called an “alarming study” that found women who undergo menopause before age 46 are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or a stoke as those who go through menopause later.
A recent study published by menopauseonline.com showed 3.3% of the women who had early menopause suffered a heart attack or cardiac arrest or died from heart disease compared to 1.6% who had menopause later. And 2.6% of the early menopause group had a stroke during the study, compared to one% of the others.
The authors say the link between early menopause and disease is not clear, though there’s no evidence that replacement hormones lower the danger. Doctors say women at risk should keep their cholesterol and blood pressure in check.
Dr. Renee Page has a long history in obstetrics and gynecology and just last year joined the Medical College of Georgia as Associate Dean of Curriculum.
The North American Menopause Society is a good resource for information about menopause.
Read more about Dr. Page below.
Dr. Page grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana and graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She then matriculated to Emory University School of Medicine, obtaining her Doctor of Medicine in 1999. Dr. Page then completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University/Hutzel Women’s Hospital in 2003, after which she took a faculty position in the same department. During that time, she developed an interest in academic medicine and became Clerkship Director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship at Wayne State, supervising students on 8 different campuses in the Detroit area. Dr. Page then became Assistant Dean of Clinical Education in 2010 at Wayne State, during which she oversaw 600 medical students on their clinical rotations and maintained a busy faculty practice. In 2013, she left Wayne State and joined a private practice in gynecology based in Brighton, Michigan. In 2015 she was honored to join Medical College of Georgia as Associate Dean of Curriculum and renew her career path in academic medicine. Dr. Page’s clinical interests are ectopic pregnancy, office hysteroscopy, high-risk obstetrics, and pediatric and adolescent gynecology.