Menopause and Heart Disease

HealthMany women, even those who aren’t going through menopause, experience night sweats and hot flashes. Although uncomfortable, recent research has found benefits to these. It just may be that these women are at less of a risk to have a heart attack down the road.

When women begin having these symptoms during menopause only it seems they are more likely to have a risk of heart disease. The study, conducted by the Women’s Health Initiative, showed that people with these symptoms early on were almost 20 percent less likely to show risk of stroke and heart disease.

However, if these symptoms are developed during the starting stages of menopause the risk factors are increased. For those who develop them later on, the study showed over thirty percent higher risk associated with heart attack. Hot flashes and night sweats are very common parts of early menopause.