Hot flushes and night sweats linked to 70% increase in cardiovascular disease
Media Release: 2nd July 2020
School of Public Health PhD student Dr Dongshan Zhu has found women of any age who experience hot flushes and night sweats, also known as vasomotor symptoms or VMS, are more likely to experience non-fatal cardiovascular events.
“Until now, it’s been unclear if VMS is associated with cardiovascular disease, but now we know it to be true,” Dr Zhu said.
“Further, VMS before menopause increases a woman’s chance of cardiovascular events by 40 per cent.”
Dr Zhu also found that the risk of cardiovascular events was more related to the severity of the hot flushes and night sweats rather than the frequency or duration.
“We found that women with severe VMS were more than twice as likely to experience a non-fatal cardiovascular event compared with women who had no symptoms,” he said.
“This research helps to identify women who are at a higher risk for the development of cardiovascular events and who may need close monitoring in clinical practice,” Professor Mishra said.
The research on which this press release is based was conducted as part of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health by the University of Queensland and the University of Newcastle. We are grateful to the Australian Government Department of Health for funding and to the women who provided the survey data.