New York, April 13: Hot flashes in women during pre-menopausal stages may create vascular dysfunction that can emerge heart disease, mentioned in a study.
Hot flash is a feeling of warmth that spreads over the body. It is a common symptom experienced by women menopausal.
The condition is reported by 70 per cent of women, with approximately one-third of them describing them as frequent or severe.
“Hot flashes are not just a nuisance. They have been linked to cardiovascular, bone, and brain health,” said JoAnn Pinkerton, Executive Director of North American Menopause Society.
The findings, published in the journal Menopause, showed that hot flashes, linked to cardiovascular changes, occur early during the menopause transition.
According to new study, hot flashes generally start during the late reproductive years and persist for a decade or more.
For the study, the team involved 272 non-smoking women aged 40 to 60 years to test the relationship between physiologically assessed hot flashes and endothelial cell (the inner lining of the blood vessels) function.
The effect of hot flashes on the ability of blood vessels was found more in the younger women as compare to older women (age 54-60 years), indicates hot flashes may lead to heart disease risk.