By Te Karere


A recent study by Heart, a journal on cardiovascular disease, claims that women who begin menstruating before the age 12 are at higher risk of being affected by heart disease, strokes, early menopause and pregnancy complications.

Statistics say Māori women 4.2 are times more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease mortality and the UK-based study says that more frequent cardiovascular screening would be sensible for women who experienced their period at a young age.