I found out last year that I have elevated iron levels in my body. The likely cause is a genetic anomaly called "Heriditary Hemochromatosis" or HH.
It causes iron to build up throughout the body, including in the heart. HH can be the cause of heart attack---yet many doctors miss the iron connection to heart disease; and fail to test their heart patients for iron overload.
About 1% - 2% of the north American population has the full blown HH disease, but another larger percentage of people, male and female are carriers of the HH gene(s).
The incidence of HH symptoms is higher in post-menopausal women due to the fact that they no longer have monthly periods. ( The blood loss in a period can help prevent a worse build up of iron in the blood. After menopause, there is no such protection.)
I wanted to share this information with everyone, in case you might need to have an iron panel blood test to detect excess iron in your body. If you do get iron-tested, ask for a copy of your lab results; then go this website:
to check your lab results against what is normal and what is excessive iron.
I hope this could be of help to you.