Childless women 70% more likely to suffer heart failure: Study
Women who never have children are at a far greater risk of suffering heart failure later in life, a new study shows.
According to the study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, childless women are 70% more likely to suffer heart failure in old age, compared to women who gave birth to one child. Childless women are also almost three-times more likely to be at risk of heart failure with “preserved ejection fraction” – a form of congestive heart failure in the left ventricle.
Researchers from the University of California in San Francisco analyzed data from 28,519 post-menopausal women who were tracked for 13 years.
Of those studied, 5.2% were admitted to hospital with heart failure.
The study also revealed women who do have children but have early menopause are also more likely to suffer heart failure.
The research suggests there are hormones linked to pregnancy and menstruation that play a major role in protecting female hearts, but it is unclear how.