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Severe menopausal symptoms may spike risk of heart disease

IANS  |  New York 

Menopause, associated with frequent and severe symptoms such as sleep disturbance, hot flashes and depression, may increase the risk of developing (CVD), a study says.

The study found that transition is marked with a number of adverse health effects, including hot flashes and to vascular aging, which is typically seen as artery stiffening and

In this study, the frequency, but not severity, of hot flashes was specifically associated with greater arterial stiffening and reduced endothelial function.

"Perimenopausal and early menopausal women are more vulnerable to increased risk of cardiovascular disease," said JoAnn Pinkerton, at the North American Society in the US.

"With fluctuating and then declining estrogen during the transition, it is important to monitor mood, blood pressure, lipids, blood sugars, and body composition because of the increased risk of abdominal fat.

"Healthy eating and exercise are encouraged, with individualised discussion about benefits and risks of hormone therapy," added.

For the findings, published in the journal Menopause, the team examined 138 menopausal women for the association of mood, symptoms, and quality of life measures with the key markers of vascular aging, a major risk factor for the development of

In addition, across the stages of menopause, arterial stiffening and were associated with more frequent and severe menopause symptoms and a lower quality of life.

No association, however, was found with depressive symptoms.



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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 14:58 IST