Study Suggests Link Between Menopausal Hot Flashes and Healthy Heart

Study Suggests Link Between Menopausal Hot Flashes and Healthy Heart

Study Suggests Link Between Menopausal Hot Flashes and Healthy Heart

Night sweats and hot flashes have long been the bane of women going through menopause but now new research shows that these symptoms might actually be a good sign for a woman’s health. The women’s health journal, Menopause, published a study in their online edition that suggests that those women who do suffer from night sweats and hot flashes could have lower risks of suffering stroke, heart disease and death.

An endocrinologist at Northwestern Medicine, Emily Szmuilowicz, M.D., was the study’s lead author. She says that while night sweats and hot flashes can be very bothersome they are not all bad.

The research in the study disagreed with previous research that suggested that the symptoms of menopause were connected to higher levels of heart disease risk markers such as cholesterol and blood pressure; in fact, the new research shows a different story.

Dr, Szmuilowicz wrote the study with collaboration from Ellen Seely, M.D., and JoAnn Manson, M.D., from the Harvard Medical School.

During the course of the study they looked at a decades worth of medical information collected from 60,000 menopausal women who had agreed to participate in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study to gather information on links between cardiovascular events and the symptoms of menopause.

The participants were divided into four groups; those with early onset of menopausal symptoms, those who experienced symptoms later, those who had symptoms at both times and those with no symptoms.

The findings of the study were that women who had early onset of menopausal symptoms suffered fewer cardiovascular problems.


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