Ask the doctor: Are hot flashes linked to heart disease?

Q. I am 76 years old and still get hot flashes. Is it true that women who have hot flashes many years after menopause are more likely to experience heart problems than those whose symptoms end early in menopause?

A. If there is a relationship between hot flashes and the risk of heart disease, it is not very strong, and you shouldn't worry about it.

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