Heart Health

Menopause Symptoms May Increase Risk of Heart Disease

“Hot flashes are regarded as symptoms with implications for quality of life but not necessarily physical health. Accumulating research has called this long-held clinical wisdom into question and underscores that frequent or severe hot flashes may signal women who are at increased cardiovascular disease risk at midlife and beyond.”

Dr. Rebecca thurston

At the North American Menopause Society Annual Meeting held in October 2022, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh presented new research showing that menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats may increase women’s risk of heart disease and stroke. More than seven in ten women may be affected. They also found that women who experience hot flashes and night sweats earlier in the menopause journey are more likely to die of cardiovascular disease versus those women who experienced symptoms later.

The findings are significant, as 70 to 80% of women experience hot flashes for an average duration of 7-9 years. Considering that heart disease is the number one killer of women, women in the menopause life stage, particularly those with hot flashes and night sweats, could benefit from earlier and targeted risk reduction strategies.


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