Severity of menopause symptoms could help predict heart disease, study

New study evaluates the effect of menopause and depression on vascular function.

Mature Woman Experiencing Hot Flush From Menopause
Mature Woman Experiencing Hot Flush From Menopause Image: Shutterstock

Coronary illness remains the main source of death in women. An investigation of 138 menopausal ladies inspected the relationship of state of mind, indications, and personal satisfaction measures with the key markers of vascular maturing, a noteworthy hazard factor for the improvement of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Menopause progress is set apart with various unfavorable wellbeing impacts, including hot flashes and sorrow to vascular maturing, which is commonly observed as vein solidifying and endothelial brokenness. With these issues all happening around a similar time in a lady’s life, the creators of this most recent examination looked to decide if menopause manifestations and sadness are identified with CVD.

As the study suggests, the stages of menopause, arterial stiffening, and vascular dysfunction were associated with more frequent and severe menopause symptoms and a lower quality of life. But there was no link found with depressive symptoms. Hot flashes were specifically associated with greater arterial stiffening and reduced endothelial function.

“Perimenopausal and early menopausal women are more vulnerable to increased risk of cardiovascular disease,” says Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, NAMS executive director. “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. Healthy eating and exercise are encouraged, with an individualized discussion about benefits and risks of hormone therapy.”

Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).