Menopause symptom severity ‘could predict heart disease risk’

The severity of menopause symptoms could help to predict whether a woman will develop cardiovascular disease (CVD).

This is according to new research, published in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

Menopause is associated with a number of health issues, including hot flushes, depression and vascular ageing, which is typically seen as artery stiffening and endothelial dysfunction. With these problems all occurring around the same time in a woman's life, the authors of this latest study sought to determine whether menopause symptoms and depression are related to CVD.

The results confirmed the researchers’ suspicion that menopause symptoms are related to CVD. Across the stages of menopause, arterial stiffening and vascular dysfunction were associated with more frequent and severe menopause symptoms and a lower quality of life.

Dr JoAnn Pinkerton, NAMS executive director, said: “Perimenopausal and early menopausal women are more vulnerable to increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

"With fluctuating and then declining oestrogen 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.”ADNFCR-2094-ID-801846121-ADNFCR