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Hot Flashes Linked With Greater Risk of Heart Disease in Younger Women

By jeremyc | April 13, 2017

Is there a link between hot flashes occurring in women around menopause and vascular health? This is the question which new research probed. According to the researchers, women who experience hot flashes during menopause might have a greater risk of heart disease.

It is estimated that about 70 percent of women get hot flashes. Nearly one-third of these women state they experience severe or frequent hot flashes.

According to recent research, hot flashes women experience hot flashes earlier than what was believed before. Most experts believe hot flashes start, not during the premenstrual period, but when women are in their late reproductive years. A few studies suggest hot flashes can continue to occur for more than 10 years.

In the latest research, the experts investigated the connection between hot flashes and endothelial function, an important factor in diagnosing atherosclerosis. The latter is a type of cardiovascular disease and if it is not treated properly, a severe cardiovascular event, like heart failure, stroke, and heart attack, can occur. Heart disease, ranked as the number of cause of death in the USA, accounts for nearly 20 percent of yearly deaths.

For this study, the researchers enrolled 272 women, some of whom experienced hot flashes every day and some not at all. The researchers found that a link between hot flashes and endothelial dysfunction in women who were in the age group of 40 to 53 years. However, no such association was noticed in women in the age group of 54 to 60 years.

Based on the finding, the researchers suggest younger women who experience hot flashes might have below normal vascular function.

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