Study Probes Links Between Hot Flashes, Heart Attacks

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"Whether or not hot flashes increase the risk or decrease the risk for heart disease is important, but women at the time of menopause are reassessing their health because of their symptoms," she said. Women should remember that the things they choose to do during this transitional moment in their lives -- like exercise and eat healthy meals, quit smoking, and address other heart disease risk factors like high cholesterol and blood pressure, "are much, much more powerful than whether or not they have hot flashes."

The new research is part of the ongoing Women's Health Initiative observational study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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