As American Heart Month draws to a close, it's important to look at how the heart is affected as people pass through different stages of life.
Heart disease risks become more apparent when a woman enters menopause.
A decline in estrogen may be a factor. Estrogen is believed to help keep blood vessels flexible by improving the inner layer of the artery wall.
Executive Producer of Hot Flash Havoc, Heidi Houston, discusses how estrogen relates to heart disease.