Does menopause raise the risk for a cardiovascular event?

Recent research shows that women who experience hot flashes and night sweats during menopause may potentially be at higher risk for a cardiovascular event.

Data from over 3,000 women included in the final analysis, with 231 (7.1%) experiencing a cardiovascular event during 22 years of follow-up. The 365 women who reported frequent vasomotor symptoms (at least six episodes of hot flashes or night sweats in the previous 2-week period) had more than twice the risk for a cardiovascular event than those who reported no vasomotor symptoms at baseline.

ortFurther research is needed to establish causality. The findings were recently presented at the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) 2019 Annual Meeting.

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