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In menopausal women physical activity and taking dietary supplements may protect against coronary artery disease
  1. Robyn Gallagher
  1. Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to : Professor Robyn Gallagher, Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney Broadway, NSW 2007, Australia; Robyn.Gallagher{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Physical activity and taking dietary supplements may have a protective effect for coronary artery disease in menopausal women.

  • Screening for coronary artery disease risk factors in menopausal women should include whether women have exercised in the past 2 weeks or taken a dietary supplement.


Worldwide, coronary artery disease is a leading cause of death in women. Multiple factors which increase the risk of coronary artery disease have been previously identified, with the profiles of men and women differing. Women's risk for coronary artery disease increases significantly at menopause when prevention of coronary artery disease becomes an important health …

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