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In the journals: Studies find a link between hot flashes and cardiovascular risk

Updated: December 01, 2008

In the journals

Studies find a link between hot flashes and cardiovascular risk

It's little wonder that hot flashes have come to symbolize the downside of menopause. The sudden increases in body temperature that trigger flushing and night sweats can be disruptive and, in some cases, debilitating. In fact, recent evidence indicates that severe hot flashes may be more than a nuisance: they may be linked to increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

Since 2007, three large-scale investigations have associated hot flashes with risk factors for heart disease and stroke. The studies and their findings are these:

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