The Effect of Menopause on Blood Pressure.

Q: I have had menopausal hot flashes for 12 years now – can these affect high blood pressure for which I am being treated?

A: Heart disease starts being diagnosed in women about ten years later than in men. For women this is in the 50’s. Menopause also occurs in the 50’s for most women. There is an association with menopause, either natural or from surgery, and heart disease. Studies have shown that women who experience hot flashes are more likely to have high blood pressure.

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