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Study looks at HDL cholesterol, heart risks after menopause

Researchers found a harmful association between higher HDL cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis risk among women at least 10 years into postmenopause and those whose age was greater at menopause. The findings in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, based on data for 1,138 women ages 45 to 84, showed that large HDL particles correlated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease near menopause, but the good qualities of HDL may return as women move further away from menopause.

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