Study links menopause and coronary heart disease

There could be a case to monitor women with frequent vasomotor menopausal symptoms (VMS) for coronary heart disease (CHD), according to the results of a 14-year longitudinal study of more than 11,000 Australian women.

Queensland university researchers found that women who experience frequent hot flushes or night sweat have two-fold increased odds of CHD compared with women with no symptoms.

The women in the study were aged 45–50 at baseline in 1996 and were followed up at three-year intervals, according to a study report in BJOG: An International Journal of