October 5, 2009 --Hot flashes can range from irritating to debilitating, but they may also be a sign of something worse. According to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, they may signal a higher risk of heart disease or heart attack. After Keeping track of 400 women, they found those with hot flashes were likely to have thickening of blood vessels in their neck, which has been linked to heart disease in other studies.
These findings don't mean hot flashes cause heart disease, or vice versa. However, they do suggest that the two are linked. Researchers now want to find out why.