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Vasomotor symptoms and cardiovascular risk

A study in more than 60,000 women indicates that early vasomotor symptoms are not associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk.

Emerging evidence previously suggested that women with menopausal vasomotor symptoms had increased CVD risk.

The Women's Health Initiative Observational Study found that early VMS were associated with decreased risk of stroke, total CVD events and all-cause mortality, but late VMS were associated with increased CHD risk and all-cause mortality.

Researchers said the predictive value of VMS for clinical CVD events may vary with the onset of VMS at different stages of menopause.

Menopause: June 2011; 18: 603-610 Vasomotor symptoms and cardiovascular events in postmenopausal women

Content  updated 6 June 2011

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