Oprah Had a Scary Cardiac Symptom When She Started Menopause & Even She Was Misdiagnosed

Oprah Winfrey is opening up about a scary cardiac symptom she experienced during the start of menopause.

In a recent conversation with Maria Shriver and Drew Barrymore for Oprah Daily, the 69-year-old media mogul got real about her stressful experience with menopause in her late 40s. Although she’s never “had a hot flash in my life,” Winfrey recalled starting menopause at 48 with “heart palpitations.” Naturally, the symptom freaked her out — heart conditions can be deadly, after all — so she sought answers from medical professionals.

“I went from doctor to doctor, literally five different doctors,” she shared. “At one point, a female doctor had given me, first of all, an angiogram, and put me on heart medication and never once mentioned that this could be menopause or perimenopause.”

As Allure reported, research shows that this heart issue is common during perimenopause, the transitional phase before someone enters menopause and stops getting their period entirely. In fact, up to 41 percent of people experiencing perimenopause have this symptom, according to a 2021 report published in the journal Women’s Midlife Health.

Which begs the question… why aren’t more people talking about it?!

Winfrey finally uncovered the cause of her cardiac symptoms by chance — and with no help from medical professionals. “I just happened to be in the office… and opened a book and saw, ‘heart palpitations symptoms of menopause,’” she said.

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