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Hot Flashes Linked to Higher Blood Pressure

By Lisa Angotti     Apr 12, 2007 in Health
A recent study by New York's Well Cornell Medical College found a relationship between high blood pressure and hot flashes. The find may lead new understanding and better treatments.
A new study published in the March/April issue of the medical journal, Menopause, has found that women's hot flashes are tied to high blood pressure. The study surveyed 154 women ranging in age from 18 to 65 and discovered that women with higher blood pressure were more likely to also have hot flashes.
"One third of the women we studied reported having hot flashes within the past two weeks. Among these women, systolic blood pressure was significantly higher -- even after adjusting for whether they were premenopausal, menopausal or postmenopausal," senior author Dr. Linda Gerber, professor of public health and medicine, and director of the biostatistics and research methodology core at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, said in a prepared statement.
Half of all deaths of American women age 50 and older are a result of heart disease, often brought on by high blood pressure. Previous studies have found a relationship of menopause to high blood pressure.
"Future research will help us better understand the mechanisms underlying this relationship and may help to identify potential interventions that would reduce the impact of hot flashes on blood pressure," Gerber said.
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