Women who suffer from hot flashes and night sweats after menopause, 70% more likely to have a heart attack, angina or stroke.
A new study from the University of Queensland (UQ) showed women of any age who are experiencing these symptoms, also known as vasomotor symptoms and SMS, there is a high likelihood of non-fatal cardiovascular events.
The risk increases by 40 percent for women who have not yet gone through menopause.
School of public health students PhD doctor Dongshan, Zhu said it is still unclear whether WM was related to heart disease.
“But now we know it’s true,” said Dr. Zhu.
Dr. Zhu explained the risk of cardiovascular events to a greater extent related to the severity of the hot flashes and night sweats, but not frequency or duration.
“We found women with severe VMS were more than twice as likely to experience a nonfatal cardiovascular event compared with women who had no symptoms,” he said.
In the study, scientists at UQ have examined the data from nearly 24,000 women living in Australia, USA or UK. They were surveyed and observed in age 40 years and again at age 60.
Senior author, Professor Gita Mishra, said that the findings may have a significant impact on women who need clinical treatment.
“This study helps to identify women who are at high risk of cardiovascular events and who may require careful monitoring in clinical practice,” she said.
Prof Misra said the NCA women’s News feed were more at risk to suffer from cardiovascular events either before or after the transition of menopause, but not menopause.
However, researchers still are not sure why hot flashes and night sweats associated with cardiovascular disease in women, but hormones had something to do with it.
“There are many hormonal changes that occur during menopause and they can act in complex ways to influence long-term health – therefore, the biological mechanisms at work is still the subject of modern research,” she said.
Researchers believe these symptoms of menopause can act as an early indicator of the future of women’s cardiovascular health.
“Those with severe symptoms before or after menopause may require careful monitoring of their GP. It is important to remember that this is just about the increased danger”, – said the Professor.
She also urged women to take the necessary steps to reduce their risk in other ways such as maintaining a healthy weight, proper nutrition and exercise.