Reuters reports that there is an apparent association between hot flashes at a younger age and risk of cardiovascular disease in women. 

In women who were having hot flashes at ages 40 to 53, the endothelial cells lining the artery showed poorer responsiveness to those signals, which is typically an indication of increased risk for cardiovascular disease later in life.

This was not true for women of the same age who were not having hot flashes. Nor was the link between hot flashes and endothelial dysfunction seen among older women, ages 54 to 60 years.

None of the women were smokers, and none of them had been diagnosed with any cardiovascular diseases.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of women’s death, and hot flashes affect 70 percent of women, Thurston said.

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