Women who experience high blood pressure during pregnancy are more like to suffer with hot flashes and night sweats in menopause, new research shows.
Medical investigators from the Netherlands tracked the experiences of 853 patients treated at a cardiology clinic in Kampen, documenting the relationship between hypertensive diseases in pregnancy, such as preeclampsia, and hot flashes and night sweats.
The results — published in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society — showed 274 of the women had a history of hypertensive diseases during pregnancy and were 82 percent more likely to have hot flashes and night sweats than women who never had the diseases during pregnancy. They also tended to have more severe and longer lasting hot flashes and night sweats.
Because about half of the women in the study had cardiac symptoms, it's not clear whether this association applies to all middle-aged women, the researchers said. But the findings suggest a biological link between the conditions and something doctors should bear in mind as women get older.
Past studies have also linked hypertensive diseases during pregnancy to a greater risk of cardiovascular disease.
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