Hot flashes are common for women who are going through menopause. The sensation of feeling warm, flushing, and sweating can be a mild nuisance or enough of a problem to need medical treatment. They may also be an indication that you need to be concerned about heart disease.
At the annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society, researchers shared the results of a study indicating that these symptoms may be a sign of increased risk of heart disease. The research, conducted at the University of Pittsburgh, found that women who experienced hot flashes were also more likely to have a thickening of the carotid arteries, located in the neck.
This thickening of the arteries puts the women at a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Further research is needed to determine how hot flashes and thickened arteries are related.