Severe Menopause Symptoms: Is Your Heart at Risk?

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In a small study published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), researchers examined the association between menopause symptoms and heart disease risk in 138 women.

While previous research strongly linked symptoms of menopause – hot flashes and mood changes, for example -- to vascular aging, the goal of this study was to determine if the severity of these symptoms is related to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. Results of the study suggest the frequency, but not the severity, of hot flashes is associated with increased arterial stiffening and reduced endothelial function resulting in a higher risk for CVD.

According to Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, NAMS executive director, it’s important for menopausal women to have their blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, body fat, and mood monitored regularly, eat a healthy diet, and get plenty of exercise to reduce heart disease risk.

Sourced from: The North American Menopause Society