Hot flashes – an unexpected and sudden sensitivity to agitated heat and one of the stock symptoms of menopause – are well-known to mess up with the overall quality of life of women. But do you know hot flashes also can predict the risks of heart diseases among pre-menopausal women? A new international study has suggested that hot flashes in women can envisage emerging vascular dysfunction which eventually causes heart disease in at the pre-menopausal stages.
To those unaware, Hot flashes are the sudden feelings of intense warmth, which are usually felt over the face, neck and chest. It also reddens skin, as if you are blushing and can also result in cause plentiful sweating and may sometimes leave you chilled. Although there are several more hormonal conditions which are responsible for hot flashes, the most common cause of hot flash is menopause – the time when the menstrual periods of a woman stop. In fact, hot flashes are the most familiar indication of the menopausal changeover. The condition is reported by 70% of women, one-third of which have reported it to be intense.
Now, the new findings, published in the journal Menopause Thursday ahs revealed that hot flashes are indirectly connected to cardiovascular changes, which usually occur during the early menopause transition period. As highlights of the study, hot flashes in women can adequately predict rising vascular dysfunction risks which can lead to cardiac issues at the pre-menopausal stages of women. The data, collected by the researchers from North American Menopause Society – a US-based non-profit organisation states that hot flashes often set off earlier than it previously thought to be – more likely to be during the late reproductive years of life and goes on for more than a decade.
For the study, the research team involved 272 non-smoking women; all are ageing between 40 and 60 years for examining the connection between physiologically measured hot flashes and the functionality of endothelial cell -the inner coating of the blood vessels. The finding revealed an indirect connection between hot flashes and cardiovascular alterations, which occur during the early menopause transition period. The complete details of the study are published in the journal Menopause.