Menopause can mean hot flushes and night sweats but it is also important to have our risk assessed for heart disease and stroke or cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

What is cardiovascular disease (CVD)?

In Cardiovascular Heart Disease the British Heart Foundation’s definition is:

“Cardiovascular disease (CVD), also called heart and circulatory disease, is an umbrella name for conditions that affect your heart or circulation. These include high blood pressure, stroke and vascular dementia”.

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Do heart disease and stroke kill more women than breast cancer?

In Why Go Red the World Heart Federation explain:

“Heart disease and stroke do not just affect men.
In fact it is the leading cause of death in women globally with over two million premature deaths each year: this represents more than cancer, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined”.

Vasomotor Menopausal Symptoms and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: A Pooled Analysis of Six Prospective Studies

What was the conclusion of the recent study Vasomotor Menopausal Symptoms and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: A Pooled Analysis of Six Prospective Studies?

In Vasomotor Menopausal Symptoms and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: A Pooled Analysis of Six Prospective Studies published 22 June 202, the conclusion was:

“Severity rather than frequency of VMS (hot flushes and night sweats) was associated with increased risk of CVD. VMS with onset before or after menopause were also associated with increased risk of CVD”.

Vasomotor Symptoms (VMS)

What are vasomotor symptoms (VMS)?

In Menopause Glossary the North American Menopause Society’s definition is:

Vasomotor Menopausal Symptoms and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

“Vasomotor symptoms. Also known as hot flashes and night sweats, common symptoms during perimenopause and early postmenopause”.

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What important clinical implications may the study findings have?

In Hot flushes and Night Sweats Linked To 70 Per Cent Increase In Cardiovascular Disease “senior author on the study Professor Gita Mishra said:

““This research helps to identify women who are at a higher risk for the development of cardiovascular events and who may need close monitoring in clinical practice,” Professor Mishra said”.

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Last Updated: 09 July 2020 – Last Revised: 08 July 2020
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