Night Sweats and Hot Flashes Linked to Heart Diseases

According to US researchers, women who experience night sweats and hot flashes at the onset of their menopause might be at a reduced risk of heart attack later in their life. On the other hand, women who have these menopausal symptoms later during menopause might be at a higher risk of heart diseases. Dr. JoAnn Manson, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, one of the researchers of the study, feels that the study reassures that the menopausal symptoms experienced by many women during early menopause do not indicate the risk of stroke or heart attack in the future.

The researchers analyzed the clinical trials in 2002 which showed that hormone replacement therapy raises the ovarian and breast cancer risks. They observed that women with night sweats and hot flashes at the beginning of the menopause were not under the risk of a heart attack. Night sweats and hot flashes reduces the risk. Women with early menopausal symptoms had 17% less stroke risk, 11% less heart disease risk and 11% less death risk. Women with late menopausal symptoms had 32% increase heart attack risk and 29% increased death risk. The study is published in the journal Menopause.

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