Stephen: New study links severe hot flashes with heart attacks, strokes, cognitive decline
New studies have linked severe and persistent hot flashes to heart problems, stroke and cognitive decline later in a woman’s life. CNN reports that the studies were all presented at a menopause conference this week. One linked night sweats to cognitive dysfunction in menopausal women. It also linked frequent and persistent hot flashes to cardiovascular events later in a woman’s life. “Having a hot flash is a much more significant event than providers actually appreciated for many years,” says psychiatry professor Rebecca Thurston. A 20-year study also found that women who had stronger and more frequent hot flashes in their mid-forties saw their risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure more than double. Studies have also found that women who experienced childhood trauma such as sexual or emotional abuse were more likely to have intense hot flashes upon entering menopause.