Severity of menopause 'could be indicator of heart disease risk'

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A new study of more than 100 menopausal women has revealed how the severity of symptoms could provide key insight into a woman's risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Published in the latest edition of the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), the research showed how the frequency of hot flushes and depression to vascular aging - typically seen as arterial stiffening and endothelial dysfunction - could be key indicators for CVD.

“Women who suffer from severe symptoms of menopause could face a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.“

NAMS executive director Dr JoAnn Pinkerton commented: "With fluctuating and then declining estrogen during the menopause transition, it is important to monitor mood, blood pressure, lipids, blood sugars and body composition because of the increased risk of abdominal fat."

Dr Pinkerton added that increased body weight is known to increase a person's risks for the development of CVD and this latest research shows how the severity of other menopausal symptoms may also be linked.

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